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As of Friday May 8th North Carolina has confirmed that the Swine flu has stricken its ninth victim in the state. Raleigh health officials have reported that there are two more confirmed cases of swine flu in our state. This brings the total number of victims in the state up to nine.

Health and Human Services authorities of North Carolina said Friday that there was a new case in Craven County as well as another confirmed in Carteret County. State physicians have said a child in Craven County who got sick was a classroom friend of another student with a confirmed case of the swine flu. This is unfortunate evidence of the contagious nature of the disease.

Renee McCoy from the Health and Human Services group reported that she doesn’t know the circumstances surrounding the contamination of the adult with the new Carteret County case. There has been a cluster of cases in Carteret and Craven counties linked together and the exact origin of the flu is still under investigation.

Additionally, there are also two previously confirmed cases in Onslow County where the flu seem to have begun in North Carolina. As a personal injury law firm we want you to be safe and protected from further possible outbreaks of the Swine flu, here are some general guidelines to keep in mind that you may find helpful.

Typically, influenza is transmitted through the air by coughs or sneezes, creating aerosols containing the virus. Influenza can also be transmitted by bird droppings, saliva, nasal secretions, feces and blood. Infections also occur through contact with these body fluids or with contaminated surfaces. Airborne aerosols have been thought to cause most infections, although which means of transmission is most important is not absolutely clear. Influenza viruses can be inactivated by sunlight, disinfectants and detergents. As the virus can be inactivated by soap, frequent hand washing reduces the risk of infection.

About the Editors: Shapiro, Cooper,Lewis & Appleton personal injury law firm is based in Virginia (VA), near the NE North Carolina (NC) border and handles car, truck, railroad, and medical negligence cases and more. Our lawyers proudly edit the Virginia Beach Injuryboard, Norfolk Injuryboard, and Northeast North Carolina Injuryboard as a pro bono public information service. Lawyers licensed in: VA, NC, SC, WV, DC, KY.

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