Lab Confirms County’s First H1N1(Swine) Case
Test results from the New York State Wadsworth Laboratories has confirmed the H1N1 influenza (Swine flu) virus in a patient in Oneida County. These results mark the first local finding for H1N1 influenza since the strain first surfaced in Mexico more than two months ago and quickly spread to more than 40 countries.
“Since the swine flu has surfaced, there have been more than thirty counties, including neighboring Onondaga and Madison, with previously reported cases,” said Dan Gilmore, Acting Director of the Oneida County Health Department. Gilmore added, “In this particular case the adolescent patient has already fully recovered and has resumed normal activities.”
- People over 65, under the age of 5 and pregnant women
- People with asthma, emphysema or other chronic diseases
- People with diabetes
- People with chronic heart, kidney, liver or blood disorders
- Cover your nose and mouth when you sneeze or cough. If you don’t have a tissue use your forearm – never your hand!
- Wash your hands often with soap and water, especially after you cough or sneeze. Alcohol based hand cleaners are also effective.
- Avoid touching your eyes, nose or mouth. Germs spread this way.
- Avoid contact with people exhibiting symptoms of respiratory illness.
- Stay home if you are sick with a cough, sore throat, sneezing, or fever over 100 degrees F. Remain home for 7 days after your symptoms begin or until you have been symptom-free for 24 hours in order to keep from spreading the virus.