Placer County healthcare worker believed to be latest area flu case

By: Gus Thomson, Journal Staff Writer
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A Sacramento County resident who works in Placer County has been identified as the fifth probable swine flu case in that county. Dr. Glennah Trochet, Sacramento County public health officer, said during a briefing Thursday that the new case involves a healthcare worker who is now well. Sacramento County is working with Placer County health officials but because so much time has elapsed since onset of symptoms April 20, the investigation will be “much lower key than with other cases,” Trochet said. The other four reported cases of Influenza-A H1N1 in Sacramento County were associated with St. Mel School in Fair Oaks. Trochet said at a briefing late Thursday in Sacramento that Sacramento County has 1.4 million residents but five reported cases, all of which have recovered by now. Trochet said the chances of causing a major spread of the illness in the community is low enough that there is no reason to recommend canceling any public events. Public Health in Sacramento was not saying anything more about the identity and workplace location of the Placer County healthcare worker. Placer County spokeswoman Anita Yoder said Friday that the county didn’t have anything more to offer on the case. Trochet also said that it is getting less and less likely that swine flu is spreading in her county and that it may not spread any further, but cautioned that she was only speculating. No swine flu cases had been identified in Placer County by late Thursday.