More Swine Flu Cases Confirmed In Atlantic County

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Two additional school-age Egg Harbor Township youth have contracted the novel H1N1 (swine flu) virus, according to the Atlantic County Division of Public Health. Both cases were confirmed earlier today by the state Department of Health and Senior Services, bringing the total to five confirmed cases within Atlantic County as of June 18, 2009.

Today’s confirmations involve a 7 year old boy and an 8 year old boy who are unrelated and have no connections to any other positive case. Both boys are recovering at home.

Atlantic County’s previous confirmations involved a 12 year old Egg Harbor Township youth, a 41-year old Hamilton Township man and a 5-year old Hamilton Township girl.

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Symptoms of H1N1 virus may include fever, lack of appetite, coughing and fatigue. Some have reported sore throat, nausea, vomiting and diarrhea. Patients with H1N1 or seasonal flu are treated the same. Rest and fluids are recommended, in addition to limiting close contact with others to prevent the spread of germs.

“Those at high risk for seasonal flu are likewise at high risk for the H1N1 virus,” said Patricia Diamond, Atlantic County Health Officer. They include pregnant women, individuals with chronic pulmonary (including asthma), cardiovascular, renal, heptic, hemotiogical or metabolic disorders and those who are immunocompromised.

Diamond encourages residents to remain alert, stay informed and to continue to practice good hygiene by covering coughs and sneezes, washing your hands and avoid touching your eyes, nose, or mouth to prevent the spread of germs.

The Atlantic County Division of Public Health continues to closely monitor the H1N1 virus and conduct surveillance within the community and to communicate with state and federal public health officials.

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