Out of state group brings H1N1 to Bonner, Boundary Counties - Spokane, North Idaho News & Weather KHQ.com

Out of state group brings H1N1 to Bonner, Boundary Counties

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IDAHO. - A group visiting Bonner and Boundary counties from out of state includes one person with a confirmed case of H1N1 influenza and seven people with possible H1N1 flu.        

The group of more than 100 people has been active in communities in both counties since early June. A woman in her 20s with the group became ill last week and tested positive for the Influenza A virus. That test was sent to the Idaho State Laboratory in Boise, which confirmed Thursday the virus was Novel H1N1.   
Over the weekend, seven more group members tested positive for the Influenza A virus and their tests were sent to the state lab for confirmation of H1N1. Those results will be available by mid week.        

"The virus is widespread nationwide. People need to stay aware of the symptoms and how to prevent catching the virus or spreading it," said Jeanne Bock, Panhandle Health District (PHD) director. "Anyone with symptoms should self-isolate and seek medical attention from their doctor when and if the symptoms grow unmanageable."        

PHD and a local doctor are monitoring the group and working with communities to control the spread as much as possible. The group confirmed Monday that they plan to leave the state for home on Tuesday.