The Virginia Department of Health (VDH) released a statement earlier today stating the active investigation into cases of isolated illness among a small group of people in the New River Valley, resulting in two fatalities, is continuing.
Four individuals remain hospitalized today at Carilion Roanoke Memorial Hospital. No new cases of illness and no new hospital admissions associated with this group of individuals have been reported.
“There is still no indication of person-to-person transmission and no indication of any public health risk,” said New River Health District Director Molly O’Dell, M.D. “This continues to appear to be an isolated incident with a single-source exposure.”
VDH said the locations where exposure might have occurred are on private property and have been secured, pending further environmental investigation.
The collaborative investigation involves VDH, local physicians and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
“Because we are seeing some influenza activity in the community, people in the area may experience flu symptoms. This is not necessarily related to the isolated illness that is under investigation,” said O’Dell. “As always, if you are concerned you may be developing influenza, you should follow up with your family physician as you normally would.”
VDH will release additional information as the investigation continues.