2009-08-08 / News

More H1NI Flu cases confirmed

NEWARK - The Licking County Health Department has identified two additional confirmed cases of H1N1 flu in Licking County. These two cases, along with a case that was confirmed on July 9, brings the total number of H1N1 cases in the county to three. Eight prior suspected cases of H1N1 flu from Licking County have been ruled out after further testing was conducted.

"Our department has confirmed the second and third cases of H1N1 in Licking County." said Joe Ebel, Licking County Health Commissioner. "We are continuing to monitor this situation, and we will work with the Ohio Department of Health and our local health care providers in order to take the necessary steps to protect our residents. The most effective ways to combat this flu virus, or any other flu virus, are for individuals to wash their hands frequently and to stay home if they are ill."

The health department recommends that individuals wash their hands with soap and water often, especially after coughing, sneezing, or using the restroom and before eating. If soap and water are not available and your hands are not visibly dirty, an alcohol based hand sanitizer can be utilized. In addition when people cough or sneeze they should cover their nose and mouth with a tissue and then throw the tissue away. If tissues are not available they should cough or sneeze into their elbow. Individuals should also avoid touching their eyes, nose, and mouth as germs are often easily spread in this manner.

Those who are sick should stay home from work or school. Anyone who is ill and develops warning signs that indicate the onset of a serious illness should see their healthcare provider immediately. Individuals who are not ill should avoid contact with sick people as much as possible.

Symptoms of H1N1 flu include a fever of more than 100°F, chills, sore throat, coughing, joint aches, and, in some cases, vomiting and diarrhea. However, if the following flu-like symptoms are mild medical attention is not typically required: runny nose or nasal stuffiness, low-grade fever for less than three days, mild headache, body aches, and mild upset stomach.

For more information and updates visit www.lickingcohealth. org or call the Ohio H1N1 Flu Hotline: 1-866-800-1404.

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