5/5/09 – Updated Swine Flu Information

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: May 6, 2009

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

 

Union County Office of Health Management
Continues to Monitor Swine Flu

 

Elizabeth – The Union County Office of Health Management has increased disease surveillance activities and continues to monitor the H1N1 Flu (Swine Flu) closely in New Jersey and across the country. Currently, there are seven confirmed cases in New Jersey, none of which are in Union County.

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 the H1N1 Flu (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 New Jersey Department of Health and Human Services (NJDHSS) has opened up a
toll-free information line for both the general public and healthcare providers. This number is
1-866-321-9571.

For more information about swine flu, please visit: