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For Release:
May 13, 2009

Heather Howard
Commissioner

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DHSS May 13 Update of H1N1 Flu Cases


 

The New Jersey Department of Health and Senior Services reports three new confirmed case of H1N1 flu in New Jersey residents today (May 13).

 

Currently, there are 10 confirmed cases and two probable cases of H1N1 flu in New Jersey.

 

The newest confirmed cases are:

 

  • A 34-year-old Camden County female.
  • A 13-year-old Burlington County female.
  • A 12-year-old Burlington County male.

 

The Camden County female was not hospitalized and has recovered. She was treated by her health care provider in Philadelphia. The two Burlington County children are siblings. Neither was hospitalized. They recovered at home and did not attend school while they were sick.

 

Beginning May 20, the Department of Health and Senior Services will post weekly H1N1 influenza summaries on its website -- http://nj.gov/health/er/h1n1 -- each Wednesday.

 

The Department will cease operation of its public information line at 5 pm today because of a continued decrease in the number of calls coming into the center. Individuals who have questions regarding the H1N1 influenza should consult with their health care provider.

 

Also, the Department’s Public Health and Environmental Laboratories can now conduct confirmatory tests for H1N1 so the Department no longer has to send samples to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) for final testing.

 

“Although we have seen a slowing of confirmed and probable cases in New Jersey, we all need to stay vigilant as we go through the summer months and prepare for the fall flu season,” said Health and Senior Services Commissioner Heather Howard. “New Jersey residents should stay informed and continue to monitor their own health and the health of their families.”

 

“It is also a good time for families to review and update their family emergency plans. The Department will continue to update its website with valuable information to help all New Jersey residents stay apprised of the latest information regarding the H1N1 outbreak.”

 

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

 

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 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. Severe illness (pneumonia and respiratory failure) and deaths have been associated with swine flu in people, especially in Mexico for reasons that are still not known. Like seasonal flu, swine flu 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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