Camp Livingston To Close Due To H1N1

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Camp Livingston, a residential Jewish Camp in Bennington, Indiana, will close temporarily as a result of five confirmed cases of the novel H1N1 influenza A virus.

"After working closely with the Indiana State Department of Health, we made the difficult decision to close the camp for a minimum of seven days to break the cycle of infection among campers and staff," said Ben Davis, Camp Livingston Executive Director.

The symptoms of novel H1N1 influenza A are similar to the symptoms of regular seasonal influenza and include fever, lethargy, lack of appetite and coughing. Some people have also reported runny nose, sore throat, nausea, vomiting and diarrhea.

"The Indiana State Department of Health is working closely with all of our partners to monitor the health of those associated with Camp Livingston," said State Health Commissioner Judy Monroe, M.D. "We continue to follow the guidance and measures from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention to limit the spread of the virus."

Hoosiers are reminded to follow basic precautionary measures to prevent the spread of a cold, influenza, or any infectious disease, including:

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· Cover your nose and mouth with a tissue when you cough or sneeze. Throw the tissue in the trash after you use it. Cough or sneeze into your sleeve, rather than your hands, if a tissue is not available.

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

· Try to avoid close contact with sick people.

· If you get sick, stay home from work or school and limit contact with others to keep from infecting them.

"The health and safety of our campers and staff is our top priority, and we hope to be able to resume the first session of camp after this period of rest," said Michael Moskowitz, Camp Livingston Board President.

Dr. Monroe recommends individuals with mild symptoms of influenza should stay home and call their health care provider for advice. If symptoms become severe, such as high fever, trouble breathing, or inability to keep down fluids, they should seek medical care.

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