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Swine Flu Confirmed in Seneca County

The Seneca County Health Department received official notification from the New York State Department of Health’s Wadsworth Laboratory in Albany today of the county’s first confirmed case of H1N1 swine flu infection.Symptoms of H1N1 swine flu include:• Fever greater than 100°F• Cough• Sore throat• Body aches• Headache• Chills• Fatigue (weariness, tiredness, or lack of energy)• Some people have also reported diarrhea and vomiting, which are not usual symptoms of seasonal flu.To reduce transmission of this illness to others individuals with flu like symptoms should stay home from work, school, or other public events for 7 days after symptom onset or until they are symptom-free for 24 hours, whichever is longer. It is recommended that individuals with mild to moderate flu-like illness recover at home and avoid hospital emergency departments.Like seasonal flu, novel H1N1 flu can vary in severity from mild to severe, and may cause a worsening ofunderlying chronic medical conditions. Individuals with underlying medical conditions who believe they havebeen exposed to someone with influenza or who are experiencing flu-like illness should immediately contact their health care provider. Confirmation of H1N1 by testing is not necessary for a health care provider to make a diagnosis and prescribe antiviral treatment if appropriate.Seneca County Health Department officials recommend the following precautions to prevent illness.• Wash your hands often with soap and water or use an alcohol-based hand cleanser if soap andwater are not available.• Cover your mouth and nose with a tissue when you cough or sneeze. Do not cough into hands, if atissue is not available cough into your upper sleeve.• Wash your hands after coughing or sneezing.• Avoid touching your eyes, nose or mouth.• Avoid close contact with people who are sick.Health Department officials are monitoring the ongoing H1N1 situation closely. For additional information about H1N1 flu contact the New York State Department of Health’s H1N1 Flu Hotline at 1-800-808-1987 or the Seneca County Health Department at (315) 539-1920.

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