EUGENE, Ore. — Lane County Public Health has confirmed one case of swine flu in Lane County, and health officials are already concerned.
Researchers say it’s the same virus that killed about 280,000 people worldwide, if not more, when it first hit in 2009. In Lane County, the health department says a man is now in the hospital recovering from the illness.
Earlier, he was taken to the Intensive Care Unit at Sacred Heart Medical Center at RiverBend where doctors confirmed he had the influenza virus H1N1, commonly known as swine flu. The health department is now investigating how the virus came back and is looking into whether or not the virus has spread.
The transmission rate of the flu is one to two, meaning every one case causes two more cases. In the meantime, the health department is working to prevent the virus from spreading by offering free flu shots at Lane Community College’s downtown campus, located at 101 W. 10th Ave., Eugene, OR 97401 on Wednesday from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.