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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
May 22, 2009

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Two Confirmed Cases and Six Probable Cases of H1N1 Flu Reported Today

Lincoln - Since last Friday’s news release (5-15-09), two cases of confirmed novel H1N1 influenza have been reported to the Nebraska Department of Health and Human Services. That brings the total confirmed cases of Nebraska residents to 29. Six probable cases are pending confirmation.

“The outbreak is ongoing across the country, more cases are expected with more hospitalizations and, unfortunately, possible deaths,” said Dr. Joann Schaefer, the state's Chief Medical Officer. “States in the Southwest and New England continue to see widespread activity.”

Today’s report:

*New probable cases: 6

**New confirmed cases since the May 15 news release: 2

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

      Platte County – female in 20s
      Platte County – male ages 5-18
      Platte County – male ages 5-18
      Madison County – female ages 5-18
      Douglas County – female in 20s
      Colfax County – female in 60s


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

      Douglas County – male in 40s
      Dakota County – female ages 5-18


"It's still important for people to be vigilant," said Dr. Schaefer. "We want to keep this illness from spreading, as much as we can, and that means we want the public to be aware of it and follow recommendations."

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, including a map and listing by county of cases, 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.