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May 9, 2009

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Three New Probable Cases and Four New Confirmed Cases of H1N1 Flu Reported Today

Lincoln – Three new probable cases and four confirmed cases of H1N1 (swine-origin) influenza have been reported in Nebraska, according to the Nebraska Department of Health and Human Services. That brings the totals to three probable cases pending confirmation at the Nebraska Public Health Laboratory and 16 confirmed Nebraska-resident cases.

Today’s report:

*New probable cases: 3
Kimball County (1 female in her 50s), Madison County (1 male between ages 5-18),
Platte County (1 female between ages 0-4)

**New confirmed cases: 4
Douglas County (1 male between ages 0-4), Sarpy County (1 female in her 50s), Stanton County (1 male and 1 female, between ages 5-18)

Case Status

County

AgeRange

Gender

Confirmed

Sarpy

60s

F

Confirmed

Sarpy

5-18

M

Confirmed

Pierce

5-18

M

Confirmed

Madison

5-18

M

Confirmed

Scotts Bluff

5-18

M

Confirmed

Sarpy

5-18

F

Confirmed

Madison

5-18

F

Confirmed

Madison

5-18

M

Confirmed

Sarpy

5-18

M

Confirmed

Madison

5-18

M

Confirmed

Stanton

5-18

M

Confirmed

Madison

5-18

F

Confirmed

Sarpy

50s

F

Confirmed

Douglas

0-4

M

Confirmed

Stanton

5-18

M

Confirmed

Stanton

5-18

F

Probable

Kimball

50s

F

Probable

Madison

5-18

M

Probable

Platte

0-4

F

Two additional confirmed cases that were diagnosed within Nebraska’s borders were residents of other states—California and Missouri. California and Missouri will report these two.

Advice

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.

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 more information, see the DHHS web site: http://www.dhhs.ne.gov/publichealth/Pages/flu.aspx

 
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NOTE: Numbers of cases will be released by 9:00 a.m. Saturday and Sunday via a news release. Media briefings will be held on an as-needed basis, pending a significant development.

*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 the Nebraska Public Health Laboratory has determined is a case of H1N1 influenza.