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Swine Flu Media Briefing Summary: Noon April 29

Dr. Zack Moore, Respiratory disease epidemiologist from the N.C. Division of Public Health

Release Date: April 29, 2009
Contact: Carol Schriber, 919-733-9190

Case Numbers

  • Today CDC is reporting 91 human cases of swine influenza A (H1N1) in the United States.
  • CDC has confirmed one death in Texas as a result of the H1N1 virus. Patient was a 23-month-old child.
  • The confirmed case count is: Arizona* (1), California (14), Indiana* (1), Kansas (2), Massachusetts* (2), Michigan* (2), Nevada* (1), New York City (51), Ohio (1) and Texas (16).  (*new states reporting confirmed illness)
  • North Carolina has no confirmed cases at this time.
  • The State Laboratory of Public Health has received more than 50 new specimens today. Those specimens include samples from people who have symptoms and who may have been exposed through travel or through contact with a confirmed case, as well as samples from people who have flu-like illness but have had no known exposure to swine flu.

Key Things North Carolina is doing to Respond

  • We are working on education and guidance for health providers; this information is distributed through our communication networks and posted on the DHHS website.
  • The state is prepared to receive and redistribute medications and other medical supplies from the Strategic National Stockpile in case they are needed for treatment of patients infected with swine flu virus. We expect to receive these items by the end of the week.
  • We are actively working with local health departments, hospitals, other key providers and other agencies and groups to educate local communities about what they can do to reduce risk of getting swine flu as well as take the appropriate and immediate steps to protect the public health in the event that a case is diagnosed in their community.
  • Currently, it takes about one day to complete laboratory testing on samples submitted. That time frame will change as the number of samples being submitted increases.
  • Information on isolation and quarantine orders have been sent to local health departments. These will be issued to patients with confirmed or suspected cases per case definition.

Prevention Messages

  • Practice good hygiene. Wash your hands frequently with soap and warm water. Use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer if water and soap are not available.
  • Cover coughs and sneezes with a tissue; throw the used tissue into a trash can.
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose or mouth. Germs spread this way.
  • Avoid close contact with people who are sick.
  • If you are sick, do not go to work or school; stay away from other people as much as possible.
  • Try to stay in good general health. Get plenty of sleep, be physically active, manage your stress, drink plenty of fluids, and eat nutritious food.

 

 

 

 

 

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