H1N1 confirmed in Hamilton County

HAMILTON, Ohio (5/14/09) - The Hamilton County Public Health Department has confirmed the first case of H1N1 (swine flu) Hamilton County.

A 21-year-old male is recovering at home. Health officials say he has no travel history to Mexico.

Health officials from Hamilton County Public Health are investigating the case, and evaluating those who have come into contact with the infected individual for prevention and treatment measures, if needed.

"We do expect to see more cases of this illness in the coming days and weeks," said Tim Ingram, Health Commissioner. "This outbreak poses the potential to be at least as serious as seasonal flu, if not more so, especially given the fact that there currently is no vaccine against this virus and there is no immunity against this virus in the population."

This is the fourth confirmed swine flu case in the Tri-State. A woman in Kenton County, a woman in Boone County and a man in Butler County have also been confirmed to have the virus.