One Confirmed Case of H N Flu Identified in Licking County by benbenzhou


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									For Immediate Release

One Confirmed Case of H1N1 Flu Identified in Licking County
July 9, 2009 10:00 A.M.

LICKING COUNTY, OH – Test results received by the Licking County Health Department have
confirmed that a case of H1N1 Flu has been identified in Licking County. This is the first
confirmed case of H1N1 Flu in Licking County. All previous suspected cases had been ruled out
after further testing was conducted.

"The first case of H1N1 Flu in Licking County has been confirmed as a result of laboratory
testing." said Joe Ebel, Licking County Health Commissioner. "This announcement is not a
cause for panic. Taking into consideration that we share a border with Franklin County, which
has the second highest number of confirmed cases of the virus in Ohio, and that many Licking
County residents travel there for a variety of reasons, it is not unreasonable that a confirmed case
of H1N1 would be found in our county. Our department will continue to work with the CDC,
ODH, and our local partners in order to investigate this situation.”

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

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 or call the Ohio H1N1
Flu Hotline: 1-866-800-1404.


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