Doctor: Swine flu arrives in Greater Portland

Posted May 04, 2009, at 1:43 p.m.

PORTLAND, Maine — A doctor says swine flu has moved into Greater Portland, but Maine’s official tally of confirmed cases remains unchanged at seven.

Dr. Dora Anne Mills, director of the Maine Center for Disease Control and Prevention, said Monday that the state has confirmed seven cases of swine flu out of 800 to 900 tests over the past week. All of those cases are in three counties: Kennebec, York and Penobscot.

She declined to comment on Dr. Owen Pickus’ statement to WCSH-TV that a Scarborough woman is the state’s eighth confirmed case of swine flu.

The news came after shipments of antiviral drugs and protective equipment including protective masks and gloves arrived in Maine over the weekend to help treat people with swine flu symptoms. More shipments of antiviral drugs are expected as soon as Tuesday.

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