The Chenango County Health Department has been notified by the New York State Department of Health that there are laboratory confirmed cases of swine origin influenza A (H1N1) in residents in Chenango County. At this time the residents have recovered and only had mild illness.
Because H1N1 (“SwineFlu”) has continued to spread throughout New York State and the U.S., it was anticipated that we would eventually see a confirmed case in Chenango County. The Chenango County Health Department continues to conduct active surveillance of the hospital and schools to identify clusters of flu-like illness. To date, the health department has not received reports of increased flu-like illness in our community. However, as mild flu-like illnesses are not reported or tested, it is possible that H1N1 influenza may be more widespread than surveillance data indicates.
“So far, most cases of H1N1 influenza in the United States have generally been mild and are similar to symptoms seen during a typical influenza season,” said Health Dept. Director Marcas Flindt. “Please continue to take common sense precautions to prevent exposure to influenza; cover your nose and mouth when coughing or sneezing, wash your hands with soap and water or use a hand sanitizer.”
Persons with questions or requiring additional information may contact the Chenango County Health Department at 337-1660.