Illinois: H1N1 Influenza Is Still Circulating
Illinois Department of Public Health Director Dr. Damon T. Arnold is again reminding the public that the H1N1 influenza virus continues to circulate in Illinois and people should continue to take preventative steps to stay healthy and limit the spread of the virus. The Illinois Department of Public Health (IDPH) is reporting 3,166 confirmed and probable cases of H1N1 influenza in Illinois, including 13 deaths.
County breakdown of Illinois H1N1 influenza related deaths:
5 – Chicago
5 – Suburban Cook County
1 – Kane County
1 – Lake County
1 – LaSalle County
Age -Total Cases -Number of Deaths
0-4 years -315 -1
5-24 years -1,770 -4
25-64 years -700 -7
65+ years -35 -1
Unknown -346 -
Total -3,166 -13
For confidentiality reasons and out of respect for the families, the Illinois Department of Public Health is not releasing any additional information about the 13 deaths.
“Although the rate at which we're seeing new H1N1 influenza virus cases in Illinois has slowed, the Department continues to report new cases and expects this to continue through the summer. That is why it is important for people continue to take preventative measures and practice good hygiene. Doing so will help you avoid becoming sick and spreading illness,” said Dr. Arnold.
To stay healthy, follow the three C’s:
Clean – properly wash your hands frequently
Cover – cover your cough and sneeze
Contain – contain your germs by staying home if you are sick