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First confirmed case of H1N1 influenza reported in Stanislaus County

POSTED June 27, 2009 4:23 p.m.
Stanislaus County Public Health officials received confirmation on Friday from the state laboratory of a positive novel H1N1 case in the county. The affected county resident is a 22-year-old female who did not require hospitalization.
“It is critically important for everyone to protect themselves and their families by practicing good hand hygiene,” said Dr. John Walker, County Public Health Officer. “This includes frequent hand washing, regular use of hand sanitizers, and covering coughs and sneezes with your sleeves or tissues. Coughing into your hands can spread germs to others. In addition, you should stay home when you are sick.”
The symptoms of H1N1 influenza are similar to the symptoms of regular human flu and include fever, cough, sore throat, body aches, headache, chills and fatigue. Some people have also reported diarrhea and vomiting associated with H1N1 influenza.
Flu is generally spread by direct contact with germs from an infected person, from either uncovered coughs or sneezes or by touching something the infected person has handled.
For additional information on the H1N1 virus,  visit the county’s Web site at
www.stanemergency.com.

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