First confirmed case of swine flu in county

Mesa County Health Department officials confirmed Thursday the first case of the H1N1 flu virus in Mesa County.

A young adult tested positive for the virus after attending a wedding at Powderhorn Resort on Grand Mesa last weekend. More than 200 guests attended the wedding, including a few guests from Utah who were carrying the virus, commonly referred to as swine flu, Health Department Director Dr. Michael Aduddell said.

Other guests also felt sick in the days after the wedding, he said.

“We’re dealing with several people who became ill as early as a day later that had attended the wedding,” Aduddell said.

Aduddell said he does not know the age, gender or city of residence for the person who tested positive for H1N1 in Mesa County. He also does not know if the bride or groom became sick. after the wedding.

Aduddell wants to remind county residents this is the first confirmed case in Mesa County, but it may not be the first time someone has had the virus here. He advises people feeling ill to stay home, and if symptoms become severe, go to the hospital.

Healthy people should wash their hands, avoid touching their eyes, nose and mouth, cover their mouth and nose when coughing or sneezing.


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