Second Case Of H1N1 Influenza Confirmed In Linn County
On Tuesday, June 2, 2009, Linn County Public Health received confirmation on the second case of 2009 H1N1 Influenza in Linn County. This case was in a 14-year-old child.
This is the last case of H1N1 that will be reported by Linn County Public Health as the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and the Iowa Department of Public Health have changed the reporting mechanisms for this disease. All cases of H1N1 will now be treated as if they were cases of seasonal influenza.
Curtis Dickson, Director of Linn County Public Health stated that “this does not mean that H1N1 and seasonal flu are not still occurring in the community. It just means that H1N1 will now be treated similar to seasonal flu by your doctor.” Dickson went on to say that “this time of year we typically start to see cases of seasonal flu curtail until the fall months. We expect to see a similar trend with H1N1.”
“The importance of thorough and consistent hand washing and covering your mouth and nose when coughing and sneezing cannot be emphasized enough,” continued Dickson. “Linn County Public Health will remain vigilant for any future outbreak that may threaten our community but these simple steps, along with staying home when you are sick, will help prevent the spread of any influenza.”