The results of state tests on a possible swine-flu case came back negative, a hospital official said Friday.
The case, reported by A. O. Fox Memorial Hospital on Thursday, did not involve a Fox patient, said spokeswoman Alisha Barbera.
Instead, it was from a person with flu-like symptoms who had been seen by a Fox doctor. That person had traveled in the last seven days to a community where a case of swine flu has been reported, Barbera said.
That is the criteria for evaluating who is tested, she said. She would not comment further on the person affected, citing privacy reasons. The testing was conducted by the New York State Public Health Laboratory in Albany.
"We will continue with our diligent surveillance," working with Otsego County Public Health as well as the state Department of Health and federal Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, she said.
The public information officer for the Otsego County Board of Representatives, Karen Liddle, said no other cases were being investigated in the county Friday.
During the past week, the county Department of Health has been monitoring hospital emergency departments, medical practices, schools, nursing homes and adult home for any signs of flu-like symptoms, according to a media release from Liddle.
In a media release from Delaware County Public Health Nursing on Friday, an official said there is no suspected, probable or confirmed case of swine flu in that county.
Daily surveillance of all emergency departments continues, according to the release. The health department staff is available to medical providers, hospitals, nursing homes, schools and community to provide guidance as needed.