Nixon says Platte County has probable case of swine flu

JEFFERSON CITY | Gov. Jay Nixon says Missouri has a probable case of the swine flu.

Nixon announced the suspected case involving a Platte County resident Wednesday evening at a hastily called Capitol news conference. The probable case was discovered earlier Wednesday during lab tests on samples sent to the state health lab.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention in Atlanta will determine if the case is swine flu. Nixon's office said those tests currently are taking about two days.

The swine flu is believed to have originated in Mexico, where it's confirmed or suspected in more than 150 deaths and nearly 2,500 illnesses.

The governor's office released no information about the Platte County resident because notification is still pending. It was not immediately clear if the Platte County resident had traveled to Mexico.

The person will be asked to remain home for seven days after symptoms first appeared to avoid spreading the illness.

In the U.S., there have been nearly 100 confirmed cases in at least 10 states from coast to coast, including one death in Texas.