Monmouth County Confirms 11 Total H1N1 Cases

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The Monmouth County Health Department verified this afternoon that there are eleven confirmed H1N1 (swine flu) cases in Monmouth County. Previously, there was one H1N1 (swine flu) case in the county.

“Following up on reported symptoms that there may be a presence of influenza-like illness among residents, the county Health Dept. coordinated the testing of specimens from residents to determine what, if any, type of flu may be occurring,” said Michael A. Meddis, Monmouth County’s public health coordinator. “Today, the state Department of Health and Senior Services confirmed 10 new cases of H1N1 influenza in Monmouth County.”

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The county Health Department is continuing to work with schools by reminding the administration that students, faculty and staff with influenza-like illness, fever with a cough or sore throat, should stay home. Those who are ill should not attend school or go into the community, unless they are seeking medical care, for at least 7 days even if the symptoms resolve sooner. Additionally, individuals who have an influenza-like illness upon arrival at school, or become ill during the day should be isolated from others and sent home.

“Regardless of the type of illness, the recommendations remain the same for all residents,” said Meddis. “You need to be sure that you wash your hands thoroughly to protect yourself from germs and cover your nose and mouth with a tissue or your sleeve when you cough or sneeze. If soap and water are not available and you are using a hand sanitizer be sure it is at least 60 percent alcohol. You should also avoid close contact with people who are sick. And if you are sick, be sure to stay home.”

The Monmouth County Health Department continues to closely monitor the H1N1 influenza situation by working with hospitals and other health care providers as they continue their flu surveillance. Flu symptoms generally include cough, sore throat, fever, headache, muscle pain, chills and fatigue.

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