Acadia patient one of 11 new suspected swine flu cases
A patient in Acadia Parish is one of 11 new suspected cases of swine flu in Louisiana, state officials said Saturday.
That, and cases in Beauregard, Lafayette and Orleans Parishes, bring to 20 the number currently under scrutiny.
These are only possible cases, meaning they could not be identified by the Office of Public Health laboratory in New Orleans and have been sent to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention lab in Atlanta for confirmation.
There are still no confirmed cases of the virus in Louisiana, at this time. CDC reports that it will take them two to four days to have results on each sample sent to them for testing.
Samples of all 11 new suspected cases tested positive for type A Influenza, which indicates either seasonal or swine flu. The swine flu (H1N1) virus subtype is confirmed by CDC lab tests.
Of all 20 suspected cases under investigation to date, 13 are from Lafayette Parish.
Officials said the Department of Social Services is using Geographic Information System (GIS) mapping of schools and child care centers to help identify child care centers that might be affected by schools that close because of a confirmed case of the H1N1 flu virus.
DSS is identifying an emergency facility that would be able to house and isolate 10-20 children who come into the state's foster care system showing flu-like symptoms in the event that the need for such a facility arises.
The agency is also identifying an emergency medical foster home in each of the nine regions of the state that could house and isolate 1 to 4 children who come into the state's foster care system showing flu-like symptoms.