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For Immediate Release
July 2, 2009
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Chief Medical Officer: Camps Should Take H1N1 Precautions
Lincoln—With camp season in full swing, the state’s Chief Medical Officer is advising that precautions be taken against the novel influenza A (H1N1).
“The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has issued guidance on how camps can handle ill attendees and promote safe infection control practices,” said Dr. Joann Schaefer. “It’s very important that camp personnel know the symptoms and isolate ill campers from the others.”
Camp personnel should:
Other advice for camp personnel:
Provide attendees and staff, prior to arrival at camp, educational materials that notify them that they are not allowed to attend camp if they have had an influenza-like illness in the seven days prior to the start of camp;
Consider active screening of newly arriving campers and staff by asking if they have had any symptoms in the previous seven days. The symptoms of H1N1 are a fever, a cough or a sore throat, body aches, chills and congestion. Vomiting and diarrhea may also be symptoms; and
Make sure that campers are aware of key precautions: Wash hands frequently. Cough into your sleeve or a tissue. If you are ill, stay away from others. If you are well, stay away from people who appear ill.
Once ill campers or staff have been identified, they should be immediately separated from the general population and kept away from well campers until they can be safely returned home or taken for medical care, if needed.
If the ill camper is to remain at camp, he or she should be isolated for at least seven days after symptoms began or 24 hours after symptoms conclude, whichever is longer.
“Following the CDC guidelines will prevent the spread of H1N1 in the camp environment,” Dr. Schaefer said.
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