Garfield County reports two new cases of swine flu

John Colson
Glenwood Springs correspondent
Aspen, CO Colorado

GARFIELD COUNTY ” Garfield County now has four confirmed cases of swine (H1N1) flu within its boundaries, the county’s public health agency reported on Friday.

Two new cases were reported on May 7, on top of earlier cases involving a Glenwood Springs High School student and a Colorado Mountain College student at the Glenwood Springs campus.

The two new cases involve a second Glenwood Springs High School student, and an individual who reportedly was not a student at any of the area campuses, health officials said.

There are no plans to close any area schools at present, and county health officials are working with the local school district, said Jim Rada of the Garfield County Public Health agency.

None of the four individuals were hospitalized and all are recovering well, according to the report.

“At this time across the United States, the H1N1 flu continues to behave very similarly to seasonal flu. It is a relatively mild disease, with a spectrum of illness” the county’s statement declared. As of May 8 there had been 38 confirmed cases of H1N1 reported in Colorado.

“People that become ill with influenza-like symptoms should just stay home, and avoid contact with other people to keep from spreading illness,” said Mary Meisner, Director of Garfield County Public Health. “People with mild influenza symptoms do not need to be tested. But it is important that they seek medical care immediately if the symptoms become more severe.”

Garfield County Public Health continues to advise individuals that exercising precaution is the best defense against influenza.


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