H1N1 Cases Rise In Ocean County

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“Presently, there are 33 laboratory-confirmed cases of the novel H1N1 in Ocean County,” said Freeholder Gerry P. Little, liaison to the Ocean County Board of Health. “At this time, all are recovering or completely recovered. The Communicable Disease staff at the Ocean County Health Department continues to closely monitor influenza-like activity within Ocean County.”

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Jen Crawford, Ocean County Health Department Supervising Field Representative-Disease Control, pointed out that 10 of those affected are over the age of 18, 7 are adolescents and 16 under the age of 13. Areas of Ocean County that have been affected are Barnegat, Beachwood, Brick, Eagleswood, Jackson, Lakehurst, Lakewood, Little Egg Harbor, Manchester, Ocean, Plumsted, Stafford, Toms River and Tuckerton.

“The Health Department has sent out information to all of the camps in Ocean County with pertinent information on what camp administrators and staff need to know about H1N1. Health Department staff from the Communicable Disease Division is available to answer questions for camps regarding staff and campers with influenza-like illness.” stated Leslie Terjesen, Ocean County Health Department Public Information Officer.

Terjesen said that H1N1 is a new, or novel, virus and most people have no immunity to it. She said, “Although we keep sending out the following information over and over, we do know that these behaviors can protect us and our loved ones from becoming ill.

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