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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
June 12, 2009

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Marla Augustine, Communications and Legislative Services, (402) 471-4047 or marla.augustine@nebraska.gov

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11 Confirmed Cases of H1N1 Flu Reported Since Last Friday
Another 6 are Probable

Lincoln - Since last Friday’s news release (6-5-09), 11 cases of confirmed novel influenza A (H1N1) have been reported to the Nebraska Department of Health and Human Services. That brings the total confirmed cases of Nebraska residents to 71. Six probable cases are pending confirmation at the Nebraska Public Health Laboratory.

"The World Health Organization yesterday raised the level of alert to indicate that the virus has achieved worldwide spread," said Dr. Joann Schaefer, Chief Medical Officer. “Nebraska will continue to conduct surveillance and to plan for the eventuality that vaccine becomes available.”

Today’s report:

*New probable cases: 6

**New confirmed cases since the June 5 news release: 11

The counties, gender and ages of the four new probable cases in Nebraska residents are:

PROBABLE

M

5-18 SALINE
PROBABLE

F

5-18 WASHINGTON
PROBABLE

M

20s DODGE
PROBABLE

F

5-18 LANCASTER
PROBABLE

M

40s VALLEY
PROBABLE

F

40s DOUGLAS


The counties, gender and ages of the 11 new confirmed cases are:

CONFIRMED F 0-4 SALINE
CONFIRMED M 20s SALINE
CONFIRMED M 5-18 DOUGLAS
CONFIRMED M 20s PLATTE
CONFIRMED M 5-18 DOUGLAS
CONFIRMED F 5-18 COLFAX
CONFIRMED F 20s SALINE
CONFIRMED M 5-18 SARPY
CONFIRMED M 20s SALINE
CONFIRMED M 20s PLATTE
CONFIRMED F 5-18 MADISON

Link to map reflecting probable and confirmed Nebraska H1N1 cases:
http://www.dhhs.ne.gov/H1N1flu/counties.jpg

Advice

If you are moderately to severely ill with a cough, sore throat, fever and body aches (and perhaps vomiting and diarrhea), call your physician. First call the physician’s office and tell staff what symptoms you are experiencing. The physician may want to see you separately from other patients so that you don’t expose them in the waiting room. Your doctor can prescribe an antiviral for you, which will ease your symptoms and possibly shorten the duration of your illness.

For any flu-like illness:

  • People who are sick should stay home from work or school to avoid spreading the virus.
  • Avoid close contact with people who are coughing or otherwise appear ill.
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose and mouth.
  • Cover your mouth and nose with a tissue when you cough or sneeze. If you don't have a tissue, cough or sneeze into your upper sleeve, not your hands.
  • Wash hands frequently.

For more information see the DHHS Website: http://www.dhhs.ne.gov/publichealth/Pages/flu.aspx

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*The definition of a probable case is a case that has tested positive for influenza A and is not seasonal flu.

**The definition of a confirmed case is one that has been determined to be a case of H1N1 influenza.

Note: The number of cases will be released weekly on Fridays. The Web site will be updated on weekdays.