Second Probable H1N1 Case Reported In Fresno County

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Fresno County Department of Public Health has identified a second probable human case of Novel Influenza A H1N1 Virus infection in an adolescent. The adolescent, who attends Edison High School, was not hospitalized. The Department is working with Fresno Unified School District health officials to ensure that the adolescent remains at home until symptoms are no longer present.

The Department has not recommended a school closure at this time. In the effort to prevent the spread of H1N1 and other influenza viruses, students and their families are asked to stay home from school or work and to avoid social gatherings such as graduations if symptoms of influenza are present.

Fresno County Deputy Health Officer, Dr. Ken Bird, continues to urge local residents to take the following steps to avoid becoming ill with the flu or passing it to others:

• Cover your nose and mouth with a tissue when you cough or sneeze. Throw the tissue in the trash after you use it.

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• Wash your hands often with soap and water, especially after you cough or sneeze. Alcohol-based hand cleaners are also effective.

• Avoid close contact with sick people.

• Avoid social gatherings if you are ill or if you have medical conditions that put you at risk for flu complications.

• Get immunized against seasonal influenza this coming fall.

The symptoms of H1N1 Flu are similar to the symptoms of regular seasonal flu and include:

• Fever
• Cough
• Sore throat
• Body aches
• Headache
• Chills and fatigue
• Some people have also reported diarrhea and vomiting

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