UPDATE: Lee County gets its first swine flu cases

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By Michaela Gibson Morris
Daily Journal
TUPELO – The first cases of swine flu in Lee County have been confirmed by the Mississippi State Department of Health.
The health department confirmed Friday that a young adult male and an adult male from Lee County had tested positive for the novel H1N1.
So far, 143 cases of swine flu have been reported in Mississippi. The largest clusters of cases are on the Gulf Coast, and in the Hattiesburg and Jackson metro areas.
In Northeast Mississippi, nine cases have been reported in Lee, Tishomingo, Monroe, Union and Chickasaw counties.
No deaths have been reported in Mississippi, although 127 deaths out of more than 27,000 confirmed cases have been attributed to the new flu virus nationally.
People who become ill with flu-like illness – fever, muscle aches, cough – should stay home and call their health care provider.

Read more in Saturday’s NEMS Daily Journal.

Michaela Gibson Morris/NEMS Daily Journal