April 28, 2009

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Region’s first suspected cases of swine flu reported

POMONA – The Rockland County Health Department Tuesday said it is investigating two suspected cases of swine flu in Rockland residents who had traveled to Mexico. They have been ill over the past few days and are now recovering.

There are the first two reported cases – suspected or confirmed – in the Hudson Valley.

The human swine flu outbreak continues to grow in the United States and internationally. The CDC reported Tuesday additional cases of confirmed swine influenza and a number of hospitalizations of swine flu patients. The current U.S. total of confirmed cases is 64 according to the CDC.
The symptoms of swine flu in people are similar to the symptoms of regular human flu and include fever, cough, sore throat, body aches, headache, chills and fatigue. Some people have reported diarrhea and vomiting associated with swine flu. Like seasonal flu, swine flu may cause a worsening of underlying chronic medical conditions.
Area residents are reminded to continue to use the following general precautions to reduce the risk of illness:
-Washing your hands often with soap and warm water. Alcohol-based hand cleansers are also effective.
-Avoiding people who are ill.
-Staying home from work or school if you are sick.
-Using tissue when you cough, sneeze or spit, and dispose of the tissue in a covered trash bin.
-Keeping hands away from your face. Avoid touching your eyes, nose or mouth.
-Cleaning shared space more often such as phone receivers, keyboards, steering wheels and office equipment.
-Refraining from sharing personal items such as forks, spoons, toothbrushes and towels.


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