HUDSON—It’s a technicality, but Columbia County—or, more correctly, Columbia Memorial Hospital—has registered its first confirmed case of the H1N1 swine flu. The patient, a 72-year-old woman, lives in Tannersville, and Columbia Memorial was the nearest hospital to her home. She was recovering Thursday and was expected to be released from the hospital by Friday, May 22.
Dr. Ananthakrishnan Ramani, an infectious disease consultant and the head of microbiology at the hospital, said the woman had most likely contracted the illness in New York City, where she had visited her daughter, who had a new baby in a hospital. The Tannersville woman was ill before she returned to Tannersville. She also had previous health problems that made her more susceptible to the flu.