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Seasonal Flu Arrives in Maine
12/28/2011 03:57 PM ET  

The first laboratory confirmed case of the disease has shown up in a Lincoln County adult, Maine Health officials say.

The first laboratory confirmed case of seasonal influenza has shown up in Maine. State health officials say the case was reported on Dec. 23.

The illness appeared in an adult from Lincoln County, who tested positive for influenza B at Maine's Health and Environmental Testing Laboratory. Maine Center for Disease Control and Prevention officials say the patient was not hospitalized, and had not traveled recently.

Maine CDC Director Dr. Sheila Pinette says two types of seasonal influenza A, and influenza B are circulating nationally.
She says Maine did see two cases of novel strains of influenza A in October caught directly from swine, but she says this is the first lab confirmed case of the seasonal flu.

State Epidemiologist Dr. Stephen Sears told the Bangor Daily News that people are likely to spread the virus around while traveling during the holiday season. "This is a pretty good travel season, and people are going to be going away and contracting it and bringing it back to Maine," he told the publication.

Sears and other state health officials are recommending that everyone older than 6 months get vaccinated. 

Click here for more information on the flu in Maine and state health officials' recommendations.



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