Atlantic County Reports Additional Swine Flu Cases
The Atlantic County Division of Public Health has reported receiving confirmation of three additional cases of the H1N1 (swine flu) virus including one youth in Pleasantville, one adult in Galloway Township and one adult in Hamilton Township. The cases were confirmed by state laboratory testing on July 7 and are not related to any previous cases. These individuals are recovered or are recovering.
Atlantic County now has 19 confirmed cases of the novel H1N1 virus. A total of four adults have contracted the virus and the remainder of the cases have involved youth between the ages of 5 and 15 years of age.
The H1N1 virus is considered widespread in New Jersey and has claimed the lives of nine individuals and sickened more than 760 statewide. Cape May County remains the only county in the state that has no confirmed cases.
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 condition or are pregnant, are at higher risk for flu complications and should seek immediate medical attention.
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.
Health officials remind 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.