North Carolina Updates H1N1 Situation
North Carolina State leaders along with local Health Departments are continuing to monitor the H1N1 flu outbreak.
As of 4 p.m., Tuesday May 5, 2009, North Carolina is reporting seven confirmed cases and one probable case in our state ( 2 – Onslow County, 4 – Craven County, 1– Carteret County). The Wake County case remains probable.
Only one North Carolina school has been closed in connection with the H1N1 flu virus. Arthur Edwards Elementary School in Havelock, which is in Craven County, was closed on Monday after a student was found to have a probable case of H1N1 virus.
Revised guidelines from the federal Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), released this afternoon, recommend school/daycare closure is not advised for a suspected or confirmed case of flu, and schools that had closed for flu-related reasons may now reopen.
The CDC recommend sick students and staff with flu-like symptoms should stay home for a minimum of seven days, and adults should continue to monitor children’s health (and their own) for flu-like symptoms.