HUNTERDON COUNTY DEPARTMENT OF HEALTH
HUMAN SWINE FLU INVESTIGATION: updated at 3pm April 27, 2009
This current outbreak of swine flu is a rapidly developing incident. As such, the statistics and information produced at any given time will likely become outdated. Stay tuned to news media and refer back to this site for updates.
What we know as of Monday afternoon, April 27:
Currently, a total of 40 cases of swine influenza A (H1N1) viral infection in humans is confirmed across five states: California, Texas, Kansas, Ohio, and New York.
Only one of the U.S. patients identified was hospitalized and all of the patients have fully recovered or are recovering.
New Jersey does not have a confirmed case at this time.
The Hunterdon County Department of Health is currently investigating a suspect case of swine flu. Because this is at such an early stage of investigation, we have no details yet other than the case meets the CDC definition of “suspect” from an epidemiological perspective. As is always recommended, persons with a fever and respiratory illness should stay home from work or school to avoid spreading infections including influenza and other respiratory illnesses. Anyone experiencing flu-like symptoms such as fever, cough, sore throat, muscle aches, or more serious symptoms like difficulty breathing should see their health care provider.
Always follow these simple but effective steps to reduce the risk of spreading infectious diseases:
Wash your hands thoroughly and frequently
There are reports circulating about more than 1,000 cases of swine flu in Mexico, some of which were fatal. However, details about these cases are not confirmed by the World Health Organization (WHO) or public health officials in Mexico. It is important to note that samples obtained from the Mexican cases appear to be the same swine influenza strain identified in the U.S. cases.
Aggressive epidemiological investigations are underway in the U.S., including tracing contacts of all laboratory confirmed patients to determine the extent of human-to-human spread.
At this time, it is unknown how these people were infected with these viruses. However, it appears there is some human-to-human spread of these viruses.
More cases are expected in the U.S. as monitoring and testing continues. See the CDC website for updates on confirmed cases www.cdc.gov/flu/swine/index.htm.
CDC has not issued travel restrictions to affected states, but has issued an outbreak notice, advising individuals travelling to those areas that there is an infectious disease outbreak.
If you are traveling to Mexico, you should be sure you get a seasonal flu vaccination. It is not expected to protect against swine flu, but it will protect you against seasonal flu. Flu season runs through May in the northern hemisphere, and is just beginning in tropical and southern hemisphere countries.
New Jersey Health officials including the Hunterdon County Department of Health continue to monitor this current outbreak in other states in cooperation with the CDC and are closely monitoring any emergence of new viruses in New Jersey, along with investigating reports of suspicious illnesses.