Atlantic County Confirmed Two New Swine Flu Cases
A 15-year old Egg Harbor Township youth and a 13-year old Atlantic City youth have contracted swine flu as confirmed by state laboratory testing on June 29, announced Atlantic County Public Health Officer Patricia Diamond. Both individuals are recovering. Neither case is related to any of the county's previously confirmed cases.
Atlantic County now has 15 confirmed cases of the novel H1N1 (swine flu) virus. All but one case have involved youth between the ages of 5 and 15 years of age.
The H1N1 virus is considered widespread in New Jersey where cases have been confirmed in 19 of the 21 counties. Only Cape May and Salem counties have no confirmed cases to date.
Residents should continue to practice good hygiene to prevent the spread of germs. This includes covering coughs and sneezes, washing your hands with soap and water (or using alcohol-based sanitizers) and avoid touching your eyes, nose or mouth.
Symptoms of H1N1 are similar to seasonal flu and may include a fever of 100 degrees or higher, lack of appetite, coughing and fatigue. Some have reported sore throat, nausea, vomiting and diarrhea. Patients with H1N1 or seasonal flu are typically treated the same. Rest and fluids are recommended.
Individuals who experience flu-like symptoms and have an underlying condition, such as asthma, a heart disorder or are pregnant, are at higher risk for flu complications and should seek immediate medical attention.
Diamond reminds those who are sick to stay home from work, camp, daycare or places where they may come in close contact with others, for a full seven days.