5/4/09 – Updated Swine Flu Information

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: April 27, 2009

CONTACT: Sebastian D’Elia, (908) 527-4419

 

Union County Office of Health Management
Monitoring Swine Flu

 

Elizabeth –The Union County Office of Health Management is closely monitoring the outbreak of swine flu that began in Mexico and now includes several U.S. states (NY, CA, TX, KS,OH). The Office of Health Management is urging healthcare providers, schools and others to watch for cases of swine influenza. There are no confirmed cases of swine flu in New Jersey at this time.

In the United Sates, illness has been relatively mild so far compared to the severe illness reported in Mexico. New Jersey residents should stay informed as well as take precautions to prevent from getting ill.

The CDC has determined that this virus is contagious and is spreading from human to human.  However, at this time, it is not known how easily the virus spreads between people. The symptoms of swine flu are similar to seasonal flu and include fever, lack of appetite, coughing and fatigue.  Some people have also reported having a sore throat, nausea, vomiting and diarrhea.

Residents can take the following actions to protect themselves from the respiratory illness and avoid spreading it to others:

  • Cover coughs and sneezes with tissues and dispose of the tissue properly.
  • Frequently wash your hands thoroughly with soap and water.
  • Try to avoid close contact with sick people.
  • Stay home if you are sick.
  • Contact your family physician if you feel ill. That's particularly important for anyone who recently visited Mexico and has flu-like symptoms.

The Union County Office of Health Management is in regular contact with local hospitals, health departments and schools and is monitoring the county for potential cases. UCOHM has mobilized its epidemiology and disaster preparedness staff.

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