Lubbock County confirms four new cases of Swine Flu - KCBD NewsChannel 11 Lubbock

6/3/09

Lubbock County confirms four new cases of Swine Flu

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Posted by Karin Slyker | email

LUBBOCK, TX (KCBD) - Four new cases of H1N1 Flu in children under age 12 has been confirmed in Lubbock County.  Three of the children were relatives of a school-aged child who was visiting from Arizona.  The child from Arizona had previously tested positive.

The fourth case was sent to Austin for testing by a private lab.  State health officials then notified health officials in Lubbock.

Healthcare professionals have notified the families of the diagnosis of H1N1 Flu.

Due to procedural changes by the State Health Department, these tests should be the final ones analyzed by the Region 1 Lab.  Routine testing is no longer recommended.  Individuals with flu-like symptoms are advised to remain at home and treat their symptoms in the same manner that they treat seasonal influenza: rest, drink fluids, and take analgesics for fever.  High risk individuals and those with severe or prolonged illness should consult their healthcare professional.

Health officials remind you that H1N1 Flu is a mild strain of influenza, and if you are exhibiting flu-like symptoms please follow the same precautions for the seasonal flu.  The Lubbock Health Department continues to advise everyone to take the following precautions to prevent the spread of any illness:

  • Wash hands frequently and thoroughly for at least 20 seconds using soap and warm water.
  • If soap and water are not available, alcohol-based hand cleaners are also effective.
  • Cough or sneeze into a facial tissue (then dispose of tissue) or into your shirt sleeve if a tissue is not available.
  • Stay home if you are experiencing flu-like symptoms to prevent spreading the illness to others, or seek medical attention if your symptoms worsen. 

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