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Chatham County confirms four more cases of swine flu

Posted Monday, June 15, 2009

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Pittsboro, NC - Four new cases of H1N1 (also known as swine flu) have been confirmed in Chatham County, bringing the total number of cases in the county to seven. Of the four new cases, two are students at Horton Middle School and one adult has ties to the school.

All patients are under the care of a physician and are recuperating. To this point, Chatham County's H1N1 cases have been mild to moderate in severity.

According to the NC Division of Public Health, 83 confirmed cases have been reported in North Carolina to date.

To prevent the H1N1 flu, Chatham County residents should take similar precautions as during the seasonal flu season. The Chatham County Public Health Department recommends the following:

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.

Residents should seek medical attention from their physician or the Chatham County Public Health Department if they experience flu-like symptoms.

For more information or questions, please contact the Chatham County Public Health Department at 542-8220 or go to the web site.

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