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Three confirmed cases of swine flu in Chatham County

Posted Wednesday, June 10, 2009

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Pittsboro, NC - As of Wednesday, June 10th, 2009, there are three confirmed cases of swine flu (also known as H1N1) in Chatham County. Of the three cases, two are students at Horton Middle School and one is a preschool aged child who is kept at home. All three were isolated at home after seeking medical care and are recuperating.

According to the NC Division of Public Health, 61 confirmed cases have been reported in North Carolina to date.

Holly Coleman, Chatham County Public Health Director states, “We had to assume that H1N1 was in the community. These results are just a confirmation.”

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 symptoms of influenza.

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

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