Update on H1N1 (Swine) Flu in Broome County

BINGHAMTON, NY – The Broome County Health Department reports that it received notification from the Wadsworth State Laboratory in Albany of six new confirmed cases of H1N1 (swine) flu in Broome County. Five of the confirmed cases are students at the Chenango Forks Middle School. The sixth is an adult and is unrelated to the cases at the school. 

“Our message remains the same,” said Mari Yourdon, Communicable Disease Nurse at the Broome County Health Department. “Anyone with flu like symptoms should stay at home for seven days after the onset of their illness or until at least 24 hours after they are symptom free.” Residents with moderate or severe symptoms should contact their medical provider.
 
The symptoms of H1N1 (swine) flu in people appear to be similar to the symptoms of regular seasonal flu and include fever, cough, sore throat, body aches, headache, chills and fatigue.
 
Take these precautionary measures to stay healthy: 
  • Wash your hands often with soap and water. Alcohol-based hand cleansers are also effective.
  • Cover your mouth and nose with a tissue when you cough or sneeze. If you don’t have a tissue, cough into your upper sleeve, not your hands. Put your used tissue in the waste basket.
  • Wash your hands after coughing or sneezing.
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose or mouth. Germs spread that way.
  • Avoid close contact with people who are sick.

For more information concerning H1N1 (swine flu) visit the New York State Department of Health website at www.health.state.ny.us/. Further guidance can be found on the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention website at www.cdc.gov/swineflu/.

 

06/13/2009 - 3:01pm