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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
June 5, 2009

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

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17 Confirmed Cases of H1N1 Flu Reported Since Last Friday
Another Four are Probable

Lincoln - Since last Friday’s news release (5-29-09), 17 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 60. Four probable cases are pending confirmation.

"The number of seasonal cases of flu is dropping," said Dr. Joann Schaefer, Chief Medical Officer. “But H1N1 continues to circulate in a low-level but stable fashion across the state. There is now substantiated evidence that 14 affected counties are affected by H1N1, but I’m sure that other counties are affected as well.”

Today’s report:

*New probable cases: 4

**New confirmed cases since the May 29 news release: 17

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

PROBABLE M 20s PLATTE
PROBABLE M 5-18 DOUGLAS
PROBABLE F 5-18 COLFAX
PROBABLE F 20s SALINE

The counties, gender and ages of the 17 new confirmed cases are:

CONFIRMED
F 30s PLATTE
CONFIRMED F 30s MADISON
CONFIRMED F 30s DOUGLAS
CONFIRMED F 30s MADISON
CONFIRMED M 40s DOUGLAS
CONFIRMED M 40s SALINE
CONFIRMED F 40s DAWSON
CONFIRMED M 40s DOUGLAS
CONFIRMED F 50s DOUGLAS
CONFIRMED F 50s PLATTE
CONFIRMED F 50s COLFAX
CONFIRMED F 50s KIMBALL
CONFIRMED F 50s SARPY
CONFIRMED F 60s SARPY
CONFIRMED F 60s COLFAX
CONFIRMED F 60s MADISON
CONFIRMED M 70s BUTLER
 

 

 

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.