Allegheny County Confirmed A Middle School H1N1 Case

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The Allegheny County Health Department and the North Allegheny School District today reported a confirmed case of H1N1 influenza virus involving a student at Carson Middle School.

The student, who has been treated but required no hospitalization, is recovering at home without complications and will stay there until he or she is no longer infectious and capable of spreading the virus to others. The student’s family members have been given anti-viral medications and none of them have developed flu-like illness.

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Since there is no unusual absenteeism or pattern of illness among students, faculty or staff, the Health Department is not recommending the closure of any classrooms or schools in the North Allegheny School District at this time but will continue to monitor the situation.

To reduce the risk of an outbreak, health officials urge students, faculty and staff who have a fever greater than 100 degrees Fahrenheit and symptoms such as cough, sore throat, runny nose, congestion, or sneezing to stay home and not go to school or into the community until cleared by their health care provider to return to their normal routine.

The student is the third confirmed case of H1N1 in Allegheny County. The earlier cases were both adults, who also required no hospitalization and fully recovered from their illness.

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