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One Confirmed Case of H N Flu Identified in Licking County
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 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. ###
"One Confirmed Case of H N Flu Identified in Licking County"