Montgomery County Has First Probable Case Of H1N1
The Pennsylvania Department of Health (PADOH) and the Montgomery County Health Department today reported the state's fourth probable case of swine influenza. Currently, Pennsylvania does not have any confirmed cases of 2009 H1N1.
The case occurred in a 31-year-old male in Bridgeport who became ill on or around April 27. The patient arrived from Mexico days prior to reporting signs and symptoms of influenza-like illness to a local clinic. The Pennsylvania Department of Health Bureau of Laboratories confirmed influenza A infection and will forward the specimen to CDC for confirmatory analysis.
By CDC case definition, this is defined as a probable case of the 2009 H1N1 influenza. Please be advised, however, that CDC will be conducting confirmatory testing.
The Montgomery County Health Department is actively searching for possible cases of swine flu. Even if this case is confirmed, it would not change Montgomery County’s current approach to swine flu.
All public health agencies in Pennsylvania have intensified surveillance efforts statewide and this possible case was identified as part of those efforts. The samples from this patient have been sent to CDC and results of additional testing will be released once they are available.
As with any influenza, citizens are reminded to take the following steps to prevent spreading illness to others:
- Stay home when you are sick to avoid spreading illness to others;
- Cough or sneeze into the bend of your elbow or a tissue and properly dispose of used tissues;
- Wash your hands frequently and thoroughly with soap and warm water or use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer;
- Avoid touching your eyes, nose and mouth;
- Stay healthy by eating a balanced diet, drinking plenty of water and getting plenty of rest and exercise; and
- Seek care if you have influenza-like illness.