Arkansas Reports Another Death from H1N1

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Arkansas has lost it’s sixth person to the H1N1 flu. Diamauri Hobbs, 6, of Texarkana died yesterday afternoon in a Little Rock hospital.

Little information is known at this time regarding Hobbs. It is not known if he had any other health issues such as asthma or diabetes.

Earlier this month, Kharra Skye Davis who was also 6 years old became the fifth victim of the H1N1 flu virus. She was reported to have been healthy prior to contacting the H1N1 flu.

H1N1 is especially difficult for children and young adults (6 mo to 24 years), pregnant women, and anyone with underlying medical conditions (e.g. asthma, diabetes). It is recommended that these groups be among the first to receive the H1N1 vaccination when it becomes available in October.

Symptoms of seasonal and H1N1 flu are the same and can lead to complications, including pneumonia or other life-threatening complications. The symptoms include: fever greater than 100 degrees, body aches, coughing, sore throat, chills, headache and body aches, fatigue, respiratory congestion, and in some cases, diarrhea and vomiting. Anyone experiencing these symptoms should contact their physician or other health care provider for advice.

In the meantime, you are urged to take the following actions to stay healthy:

· Wash your hands frequently with warm, soapy water to lessen the spread of illness.

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· When hand washing is not possible, use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer. Avoid touching your eyes, nose and mouth.

· Cover your mouth and nose with tissue when coughing and sneezing, then wash your hands. Coughing and sneezing into your sleeve is also acceptable, but not into your hands.

· Stay home if you are sick. You should stay home until you are feeling better and after fever is gone for 24 hours without taking fever reducers. While you are sick, limit contact with others to keep from infecting them.

· Avoid close contact with people who are coughing or otherwise appear ill.

· Get a seasonal flu shot each year and when the H1N1 influenza A vaccine is available in Arkansas, get a shot.

Flu Information On the Net:
* Flu information: http://www.flu.gov
* National Institute of Allergy & Infectious Diseases
* www.healthyarkansas.com , or call the ADH Hotline, 1-800-651-3493.

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