BINGHAMTON, NY – The Broome County Health Department reports that it received notification from the Wadsworth State Laboratory in Albany this morning of its first confirmed case of H1N1 (Swine) flu. The individual did not have any travel history to Mexico or down state. They were not hospitalized and are recovering at home.
“This does not come as a surprise. 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,” said Claudia Edwards, Public Health Director for the Broome County Health Department.
Health officials are working to determine who may have been exposed. Officials will be notifying anyone that the patient had close contact with and will be monitoring family members for signs of illness.
People who have been in close contact with the patient will be advised to go home at the earliest sign of flu-like symptoms. They will be advised to stay at home for at least seven days after the onset of their illness or until at least 24 hours after they are symptom-free. “Our goal is to minimize the spread of disease in this community,” said Public Health Director Edwards.
H1N1 influenza is prevalent throughout New York State affecting 19 counties outside New York City. “It’s likely that others in Broome County may have had H1N1,” said Public Health Director Edwards.
The symptoms of 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. Some people have reported diarrhea and vomiting as well; these symptoms alone are not the flu.
Anyone with flu symptoms should stay at home. If you feel you need medical attention, contact your medical provider to determine if emergency care is needed. Limit contact with others to avoid infecting them.
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 call the Broome County Health Department information line at 607.778.3331
or 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/