Assistant State Attorney Wesley White, director of the State Attorney’s Office in Nassau County, is recovering from what doctors told him was a “90 percent” probability of being H1N1 swine flu.
If laboratory tests confirm it is the swine flu, White will join 2,918 other Floridians who have caught the disease.
Richard Hopkins, acting state epidemiologist, told The Associated Press on Thursday that 5 million Floridians could contract the disease within a year if the virus follows previous patterns of pandemics. Officials expect more cases after schools open next month.
White, 52, said he developed an earache Tuesday morning and left the Nassau County Courthouse about noon to go home.
“By that evening, I began to feel like I’d been run over by a truck,” White said. He was achy all over, had a headache, sore throat, was coughing and suffered from nausea.
On Wednesday, he went to Baptist Medical Center-Nassau, where his wife is an emergency room physician.
“She took my pulse and it was 140,” White said. A normal resting heartbeat for an adult is between 60 and 100 beats per minute. He also was dehydrated.
He said medical personnel took a swab of the inside of his nose and sent it to the lab and it was confirmed to be influenza A, an infectious disease.
“They told me there’s a 90 percent probability it’s swine flu,” he said.
Additional tests are pending. He returned home Wednesday night.
“I’m feeling much better today,” he said Thursday, adding that he can return to work seven days after the first symptoms appeared or 24 hours after the last symptoms of illness.
“I can’t imagine where I would have gotten it, but if anyone suffers flu-like symptoms they should see a doctor as soon as possible and get on Tamiflu,” he said.
So, if you have the symptoms, get the medication soon.
If you can tolerate the GI symptoms, that is. Some people cannot.