Seven Confirmed Cases Of Swine Flu In New Jersey

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TRENTON –Seven New Jersey residents have confirmed cases of H1N1 influenza, which has been commonly referred to as ‘swine flu,’ according to test results from the federal Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). There is also one probable case of H1N1 flu, state health officials said Monday.

The individuals with confirmed cases of H1N1 influenza are residents of Bergen, Burlington, Monmouth and Somerset counties, officials said.  None were hospitalized and all are recovering at home. No new cases have been reported in New Jersey since Friday.

“The fact that we have not seen an increase in confirmed or probable cases over the last few days is good news but we are not out of the woods yet,” said Health and Senior Services Commissioner Heather Howard.

“Good hygiene habits such as washing your hands frequently and thoroughly will greatly reduce the chance of getting sick,” said Howard. “Also, people should be covering coughs and sneezes. Most important, if you are sick, stay home from work or school.”

The state Department of Health has opened up a 24-hour toll-free information line for both the general public and healthcare providers. That number is 1-866-321-9251.

The federal Centers for Disease Control and Prevention had confirmed 403 U.S. cases of H1N1 influenza in 38 states as of Tuesday. There has only been one fatality in the United States so far, a Mexican toddler who was visiting relatives in Texas.

The symptoms of H1N1 influenza in people are similar to the symptoms of regular human flu and include fever, headache, tiredness, cough, sore throat, runny or stuffy nose, body aches, diarrhea, and vomiting. The high risk groups for H1N1 flu are not known at this time but it’s possible that they may be the same as for seasonal influenza, according to the CDC.

People at higher risk of serious complications from seasonal flu include people age 65 years and older, children younger than five years old, pregnant women, people of any age with chronic medical conditions (such as asthma, diabetes, or heart disease), and people who are immunosuppressed (e.g., taking immunosuppressive medications, infected with HIV).

If you are sick, you may be ill for a week or longer, according to the CDC. You should stay home and avoid contact with other persons, except to seek medical care, officials recommend. If you leave the house to seek medical care, wear a mask or cover your coughs and sneezes with a tissue. In general you should avoid contact with other people as much as possible to keep from spreading your illness.

At the current time, CDC believes that this virus has the same properties in terms of spread as seasonal flu viruses. With seasonal flu, studies have shown that people may be contagious from one day before they develop symptoms to up to seven days after they get sick. Children, especially younger children, might potentially be contagious for longer periods.

It is expected that most people will recover from H1N1 influenza without needing medical care, the CDC reports.

If you have severe illness or you are at high risk for flu complications, the CDC advises you to contact your health care provider or seek medical care. Your health care provider will determine whether flu testing or treatment is needed. Be aware that if the flu becomes wide spread, there will be little need to continue testing people, so your health care provider may decide not to test for the flu virus.

Antiviral drugs can be given to treat those who become severely ill with influenza, according to the CDC. These antiviral drugs are prescription medicines (pills, liquid or an inhaler) with activity against influenza viruses, including H1N1 flu virus. These medications must be prescribed by a health care professional.

If you become ill and experience any of the following warning signs, the CDC advises you to seek emergency medical care.

In children emergency warning signs that need urgent medical attention include:
• Fast breathing or trouble breathing
• Bluish or gray skin color
• Not drinking enough fluids
• Severe or persistent vomiting
• Not waking up or not interacting
• Being so irritable that the child does not want to be held
• Flu-like symptoms improve but then return with fever and worse cough

In adults, emergency warning signs that need urgent medical attention include:
• Difficulty breathing or shortness of breath
• Pain or pressure in the chest or abdomen
• Sudden dizziness
• Confusion
• Severe or persistent vomiting
• Flu-like symptoms improve but then return with fever and worse cough

For more information on H1N1 influenza, visit www.cdc.gov/swineflu or www.nj.gov/health.


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1 comment for “Seven Confirmed Cases Of Swine Flu In New Jersey

  1. May 5, 2009 at 6:09 pm

    A school near me in the UK has closed down for a week.Not even a big city!its coming!!

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