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|FIRST ON WGIL.COM: Knox County Has Second Confirmed Swine Flu Case
|POSTED 10:46 a-m 5/7/09 Knox County Health Department officials have been notified that Knox County has a second confirmed case of the H1N1 influenza virus.
The individual has received appropriate medical care and is doing fine; there is no reason to believe it is a serious case. Illinois currently has 258 confirmed cases of the H1N1 virus.
"The H1N1 influenza virus that is causing illness in infected persons in the United States and countries around the world; is causing illness locally in Knox County, reports Michele Fishburn, Director of Community Health Improvement for the Knox County Health Department." Additionally, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention are reporting that they expect that illnesses may continue for some time; therefore, residents may become ill and will need to recognize symptoms and know what to do."
Symptoms of the H1N1 flu virus in people are similar to the symptoms of seasonal flu and include fever, cough, sore throat, runny or stuffy nose, body aches, headache, chills and fatigue; a significant number of people who have been infected also have reported diarrhea and vomiting.
Individuals may be ill for a week or longer. In order to keep from spreading the illness, infected individuals should stay home, and avoid contact with other people except to seek medical care. At the current time, CDC believes that this virus has the same properties in terms of spread as seasonal flu viruses, which have shown that people may be contagious from one day before they develop symptoms to up to 7 days after they get sick.
It is expected that most people will recover without needing medical care. Those experiencing severe illness or who are at high risk for flu complications, should contact their health care provider who can 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; but only by a doctor prescription.
Further questions can be answered by visiting www.Ready.Illinois.gov; or by calling the Illinois Flu Hotline at 866-848-2094 (English) 866-241-2138 (Spanish). If you have further questions please contact the Knox County Health Department at 309-344-2224.
(Knox County Health Department)
|05 06 09 by Newsroom
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