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June 8, 2009

Oswego County Health Department Reports First Case of H1N1 Influenza

Today the Oswego County Health Department was notified by the New York State Department of Health that an Oswego County child was confirmed to have H1N1 influenza. The child did not have serious illness and is recovering at home.

“This is not unexpected,” stated Dr. Dennis Norfleet, Public Health Director for the Oswego County Health Department. “With the number of confirmed H1N1 cases in New York State, we anticipated that it would only be a matter of time before we had our first confirmed case.”

As has been recommended, residents of Oswego County are reminded to follow everyday health practices to prevent the spread of 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. Alcohol-based hand cleaners are also effective.

  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose or mouth. Germs spread this way.

  • Stay home if you are sick for a minimum of 7 days after your symptoms begin or until you have been symptom-free for 24 hours, whichever is longer. This is to keep from infecting others and spreading the virus further.

  • Students should stay out of school from a minimum of 7 days from the time influenza-like illness begins or for 24 hours after symptoms end, whichever is longer. Influenza-like illness is defined as having a fever of 100 degrees or higher, with cough and/or sore throat.

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, covering the mouth and nose when coughing or sneezing, and practicing good hand washing.

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