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May 01, 2009

Heather Howard
Commissioner

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DHSS Announces Update of 2009 H1N1 Influenza A Cases in New Jersey


 

The New Jersey Department of Health and Senior Services reports two new confirmed cases of 2009 H1N1 Influenza A in New Jersey residents today.

 

The Department today received results of confirmatory testing from the federal Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).

 

The individuals with newly confirmed 2009 H1N1 Influenza A cases are:

 

  • A 22-year old Burlington County female
  • A 12-year old Somerset County female

 

Both cases were mild. Neither individual was hospitalized and both are recovering at home.

 

The child was out of school before symptoms began and has not returned to school.

 

There is also one probable case of 2009 H1N1 Influenza A that was identified based on testing performed by the Department’s Public Health and Environmental Laboratories in Trenton. This sample was sent to the CDC for confirmatory testing.

 

As a result of these latest results, there are 7 confirmed cases and one probable case of 2009 H1N1 Influenza A in New Jersey.

The next update will occur tomorrow about 4 p.m.

 

In the United States, there are 141 confirmed cases in 19 states being reported by the CDC.

 

“As expected, we continue to see more confirmed cases as this situation evolves,” said Commissioner Heather Howard. “We will continue to monitor the situation as we continue to understand how this H1N1 virus is spreading. We understand that the general public is concerned, as they should be, and ask that they remain vigilant and practice good hygiene habits.”

 

Commissioner Howard continues to urge all New Jersey residents to take preventive measures to avoid getting sick. These include:

 

  • Washing your hands frequently and thoroughly
  • Covering coughs and sneezes
  • Staying home from work or school if you are sick

 

The Department has opened up a 24-hour toll-free information line for both the general public and healthcare providers. This number is 1-866-321-9571. The call center has received more than 2,000 calls since opening Thursday.

 

Swine influenza is a respiratory disease of pigs caused by type A influenza viruses that cause regular outbreaks in pigs. People do not normally get swine influenza, but human infections can and do happen.

 

The symptoms of swine influenza 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. Severe illness (pneumonia and respiratory failure) and deaths have been associated with 2009 H1N1 Influenza A infection in people, especially in Mexico for that reasons that are not known. Like seasonal flu, H1N1 Influenza A might cause a worsening of underlying chronic medical conditions.

 

For more information on H1N1 Influenza, visit www.cdc.gov/swineflu or www.nj.gov/health.

 
 
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