Released: 5/11/2009 Contact: Sue Fuller
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Growth in Case Number Continues; Emphasis on Public Education Campaign

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Contact:   Sue Fuller, Community Relations Manager, 815-720-4213
Date:        Monday, May 11, 2009 - 11:30 am
                 **Next update will be on Thursday, May 14, 2009**    
 
For Immediate Release
Growth in Case Number Continues; Emphasis on Public Education Campaign
The Department wants to emphasize individuals can take precautions to stay healthy by following the three C’s:Clean - Properly wash your hands frequently
Cover - Cover your cough and sneeze
Contain - Contain your germs by staying home if you are sick
The Winnebago County Health Department reports today additional confirmed case of novel H1N1 influenza.
This brings the case count to reflect 5 confirmed cases and 1 probable case in Winnebago County. The confirmed cases reflect youths and adults. 
 
The 1 probable case showing on the IDPH website, is a youth whose lab specimens were sent to the CDC laboratory, prior to the decision to transfer all testing to the State labs.
 
Mike Bacon, Public Health Director for Winnebago County, “We are facing an extended influenza season as a
result of this new virus, and such, we will likely see some growth in case numbers”.
 
The Illinois Department of Public Health is reporting today, probable and 487 confirmed cases in 15 counties throughout the State of Illinois.
 
“Our focus is to keep sick people away from healthy people. Children and/or staff who are sick will need to stay home for seven days from the onset of symptoms, even if symptoms go away sooner. The symptoms of the H1N1 Influenza illness are very similar to seasonal influenza. Those symptoms include fever of 100.4°F or above, cough, sore throat, body aches, chills and fatigue. In some cases vomiting and diarrhea have been reported as a symptom.” states Mike Bacon. The Winnebago County Health Department recommends individuals experiencing these symptoms consult their healthcare provider for further instructions.

Everyone has a role in minimizing the impact of this outbreak. It is very important to teach our children what we all need to do to prevent spread of the virus:

  • Avoid close contact with people who are sick.
  • Cover your coughs and sneezes with the crook or your elbow or a tissue.
  • Wash your hands often with soap and water, especially after you cough or sneeze. If water is not near, use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer.
  • Try not to touch your eyes, nose, or mouth. Germs often spread this way.
The Winnebago County Health Department continues to operate a Phone Bank for Winnebago County residents Monday through Friday from 8:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m. to call for more information on the novel HINI Influenza. The Phone Bank number is: (815) 720-4242. Information is provided in both English and Spanish.
  • A pre-recorded message will be on the WCHD Phone Bank during non-business hours. Residents may call the Phone Bank and listen to messages on signs, symptoms and preventative measures in keeping one healthy from getting the novel H1N1 Influenza.
  • The Illinois Department of Public Health is operating a Hotline from 6 am - 10 pm daily at 1-866-848-2094 (English) and 1-866-2138 (Espanol) 
  • The CDC is operating a 24/7 Information Hotline at: 1-800-232-4636.
  • For further information, visit CDC at: www.cdc.gov/flu/swine or Illinois Department of Public Health at: www.idph.state.il.us/.
  • Please visit the WCHD website for local and regularly updated information from many resources atwww.wchd.org.
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