Chenango's swine flu case tests negative

NORWICH – A local person tested for swine flu does not have the disease, Chenango County Department of Public Health officials announced Friday.

There are no new suspect cases in Chenango County as of this morning, according to Chenango County Public Health Department Director Marcas Flindt.

The unidentified person sought medical care from their physician last weekend after experiencing flu-like symptoms. The individual had recently returned from Mexico, the number one criteria for testing.

As the designated gatekeeper for reporting the illness in Chenango County, the health department discovered the case while surveying doctor’s offices, clinics and Chenango Memorial Hospital (CMH) in Norwich. The department has received a supply of nasal swabs from the state health department to distribute for free to physician’s offices and CMH for patients who meet the designated criteria.

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