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Confirmed H1N1 flu cases rises to 12 in Lee County

By Staff | May 20, 2009

The number of confirmed H1N1 flu cases in Lee County is now 12.

The newly confirmed cases are in children from Bonita Springs and Lehigh Acres, health department officials said on Monday. As with previously confirmed cases, the children had mild symptoms and are recovering with no long-term complications.

The confirmed H1N1 cases in Lee County now include a 7-year-old boy, a 60-year-old woman, a 3-year-old girl, a 10-year-old boy, an 18-year-old man, a 9-year-old girl, an 8-year-old girl, a 21-year-old woman, a 10-year-old girl, a 7-year-old boy, a 34-year-old man and a 10-year-old girl.

Even though flu season should be coming to a close, this year it has lingered around the country longer than usual, officials said. The Lee County Health Department recommends people continue precautionary measures to reduce the transmission of the flu.

“We continue to recommend the same precautions to the public that we always recommend during the regular flu season: that everyone should wash their hands frequently, stay home from work or school if they feel ill, and cover their mouths with a tissue or their sleeve if they are coughing,” said Dr. Judith Hartner.

Common sense precautions to prevent illness also include avoiding close contact with those who are ill; staying home when sick; covering the mouth and nose when coughing or sneezing; avoiding touching the eyes, nose or mouth; and frequent hand washing.

These simple measures will reduce transmission of all flu virus whether seasonal or H1N1.

The Centers for Disease Control has advised people with chronic pre-existing conditions and pregnant women to be especially vigilant to prevent against infection. If someone experiences flu-like symptoms they should contact their health care providers or hospital for instructions about receiving treatment.

For more information on H1N1 flu, visit http://cdc.gov/swineflu. Individuals can also visit www.doh.state.fl.us/DEMO/php/FluInfo for information on H1N1 flu and Florida.

Additionally a toll-free information line has been established to address the increasing number of calls from the public requesting H1N1 flu information. The number is 800-342-3557 and it is open from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. The local Lee County Health Department hotline number is 239-461-6180.