UPDATE: Mississippi has first swine flu cases

JACKSON – Mississippi health officials announced the first three cases of swine flu in the state Friday.
Two young adults – a man and a woman – and an female infant tested positive for the H1N1 swine flu at a certified outside lab, State Health Officer Dr. Ed Thompson announced in a press conference.
The three people, who became sick between May 5 and May 9, are not related, and health officials have not found any signs they had contact with each other. None had any travel history to Mexico. All three have recovered.
“We know it is not the killer flu that was being reported out of Mexico,” Thompson said.
The swine flu cases in Mississippi are consistent with what other states have seen – a relatively mild flu similar to the seasonal flu. Mississippi has the benefit of being one of the last states to see swine flu cases.
Only Wyoming and Alaska have yet to identify cases of the new influenza virus. Mississippi’s new cases will be reflected in the CDC’s Saturday update.
Mississippians need to continue to take the common sense precautions, officials said.

More in Saturday’s NEMS Daily Journal.

Michaela Gibson Morris/NEMS Daily Journal