Siskiyou County Public Health Officer Dr. Stephen Perlman says, "Controlling the spread of an infectious disease like H1N1 influenza is a shared responsibility – individuals have a key role in reducing their own likelihood of getting infected.”
Tests conducted at Shasta County Public Health Lab have confirmed the first case of novel H1N1 virus in a Siskiyou County resident.
The individual was treated for flu-like symptoms and is recovering at home, according to a press release from the Siskiyou County Public Health Department.
Siskiyou County Public Health says it is working on investigating all possible contacts to the first confirmed case of H1N1 in the county and is reporting all relevant information to the California Department of Public Health regarding these cases.
Also known as swine flu, “The H1N1 flu virus, like the seasonal flu, spreads easily from person-to-person, explained Siskiyou County Public Health Officer Dr. Stephen Perlman. “We are not surprised that H1N1 is now in Siskiyou County, it was just a matter of time. The virus has elevated the World Health Organization pandemic alert level to a Phase 6 as it is present in 70 countries.”
Nationwide there has been an increase in H1N1 flu activity in residential summer camps.
H1N1 influenza spreads mainly through coughing or sneezing by infected people, according to a press release from Public Health. Symptoms of H1N1 flu are similar to those of regular seasonal flu: fever, cough, sore throat, body aches, headache, chills and tiredness. Some people have reported diarrhea and vomiting with H1N1 flu. Most people who become sick with H1N1 flu have had mild symptoms and have recovered fully. However, there have been some deaths reported from novel H1N1 virus in California.
Anyone with severe or prolonged symptoms should contact his or her doctor.
More information about H1N1 flu available at:
• California Dept. of Public Health Hotline: 1-888-865-0564 or http://www.co.siskiyou.ca.us
• CDPH Swine Flu page http://www.cdph.ca.gov/
• CDC Swine Flu page www.cdc.gov/flu/swine