SC among states reporting 'widespread' H1N1 flu

November 5, 2009

COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) -- South Carolina is back among the list of states reporting the H1N1 flu is widespread.

For the past few weeks, South Carolina has been among few states reporting the flu was regional, the second-highest level. That's been upgraded in this week's report, which covers Oct. 25-31.

An infectious disease expert says the caseload never really dipped.

Dr. Helmut Albrecht of the University of South Carolina School of Medicine says the dip was largely due to delayed reporting. He says family doctors were so busy, they weren't able to turn in their numbers in time.

Jim Beasley, a spokesman for the state's health agency, says doctors are reporting influenza-like illness, but the only flu seen in South Carolina now is the H1N1 virus.

(Copyright 2009 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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