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Arizona: H1N1 Infected Teenager Fully Recovered

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A 15-year-old male who Saturday became the first New H1N1 virus case in Yuma County has already made a full recovery. The San Luis High School student, who is back in school, was not hospitalized during the illness. A sibling did display some symptoms, but has stayed home. In keeping with hundreds of school districts across the country, Yuma Union High School District has reported that schools will NOT close. The current investigation has NOT revealed how the teenager came in contact with the virus.

Public Health District staff has been in contact with the Yuma Union High School District and San Luis High School administration.

“We’ve made sure they (the school district) are aware of our current protocols for the New H1N1 virus,” said Becky Brooks, Director of the Yuma County Public Health District. “Treat any symptoms as you would a regular flu virus, because that is basically what we are dealing with here.

“This is NOT the time to rush to the hospital or other local health care providers,” said Brooks. “If you are feeling sick and under normal circumstances you would not have gone to the emergency room, then you should not go now. If you are ill and your symptoms become unmanageable at home or you have a need for urgent medical treatment contact your primary care physician for guidance.”

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The Arizona Department of Health Services (ADHS) and Yuma County Public Health Services District learned Saturday that The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) confirmed the case of New H1N1 virus in Yuma County.

State, Yuma County and Yuma Regional Medical Center officials are asking residents to use common sense when visiting the emergency rooms, urgent cares and community health centers.

The Yuma Union High School District is following the precedent set by Maricopa County during a press conference Saturday. Maricopa County health director Bob England said they would stop ordering school closures if a student or staff member is diagnosed with New H1N1.

England said that if every school with a student sick with flu was closed, schools would be closing all winter long. However, he did say that if circumstances worsened, he'd have no problem ordering school closures again.

The New H1N1 virus strain currently being monitored in the United States is a new type of virus never seen in people until recently. This influenza strain has the same symptoms as seasonal influenza: sudden onset of high fever, runny nose, body aches and exhaustion. Some people with this strain have nausea and diarrhea.