County’s 2nd ‘Swine Flu’ Case Confirmed

A second case of H1N1 influenza, commonly known as swine flu, has been confirmed in Oneida County, just one week after it was reported that an area adolescent had recovered from the virus before his test results were known. 

Oneida County Health Department officials received confirmation from the New York State Wadsworth Laboratory that the sample submitted for a child presenting flu-like symptoms has tested positive for the H1N1 virus. 

“Just as in the first case, the patient has already fully recovered from the illness and has returned to all normal activities,” said Dr. Daniel W. Gilmore, Acting Director of Health. He added, “As with most reported cases of H1N1 influenza, the patient’s symptoms are no worse than those of seasonal flu.”
 
Gilmore stressed that County residents need not be alarmed, but should be vigilant that the virus is out there. He urged everyone to minimize their risk of contracting or spreading the flu by following the rules of ‘good respiratory hygiene’ and common sense including: 
  • Frequent and through hand washing with soap and water. When soap and water is not available an alcohol-based hand cleaner is recommended.
  • Cover all coughs and sneezes with a tissue or forearm – never use your hand.
  • Avoid touching your eyes, mouth or nose with your hands.
  • Avoid contact with people presenting flu-like symptoms
  • Stay home from work or school if you experience flu-like illness including a cough, sneezing, sore throat or fever, and remain home for 24 hours after you are ‘symptom free’. 
The health department reminds everyone that those most at risk for complications from influenza include people with asthma, emphysema or other chronic diseases; those over 65 years, under 5 years, and pregnant women.
 
For more information on the H1N1 virus or flu prevention, contact the Oneida County Health Department or visit our web site at ocgov.net.