Chemung County Reports First H1N1 Case

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The Chemung County Health Department reports that it received notification from the New York State Health Department Wadsworth Laboratory in Albany that an adult Chemung County resident was confirmed to have H1N1 influenza (Swine flu).

The individual did not have serious illness and is recovering at home. The vast majority of New Yorkers who have had H1N1 have experienced mild to moderate symptoms similar to ordinary seasonal influenza and have recovered at home.

The goal of Chemung County Public Health is to minimize the spread of the disease throughout our community and health officials are working to determine others who may have been exposed. Officials will be notifying anyone that had close contact with the patient and will be monitoring family members for signs of illness.

Symptoms of the Novel H1N1 swine flu resemble those of the regular seasonal flu. These may include:

- Fever greater than 100°F
- Cough
- Sore throat
- Body aches
- Headache
- Chills
- Fatigue (weariness, tiredness, or lack of energy)
- Some people have also reported diarrhea and vomiting, which are not usual symptoms of seasonal flu

Mild influenza illnesses do not need to be reported or tested. Anyone with influenza like illness is requested to help prevent the spread of illness to others by staying home until symptoms resolve, covering the mouth when coughing, and practicing good hand hygiene.

Individuals with underlying medical problems with flu-like illness should contact their health care provider immediately for guidance. Those at higher risk of flu complications include:

-People who are over 65, under age 5, or pregnant

-People with asthma, emphysema or other chronic lung problems

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-People with chronic heart, kidney, liver or blood disorders

-People with neurological disorders that can cause breathing problems

-People with diabetes

-People whose immune systems are weakened due to illness or medication

-People under 18 years who are on long-term aspirin therapy

As has been recommended, Chemung County residents are reminded to please use common sense and take the following precautions to prevent the spread of this respiratory illness:

- Cover your nose and mouth with a tissue when you cough or sneeze.

- Throw the tissue in the trash after you use it.

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

- Avoid touching your eyes, nose or mouth. Germs spread that way.

- Avoid close contact with sick people.

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