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Two swine flu cases confirmed in Pitkin County

From Staff and Wire Reports
Aspen, CO Colorado

PITKIN COUNTY – Local health officials Thursday reported two confirmed cases of the H1N1 flu in Pitkin County.

Both victims are recovering at home, and are believed to have contracted the illness, better known as the swine flu, while traveling outside of the United States. Neither person was hospitalized, officials said.

“We are not surprised to see confirmed cases of H1N1 flu in our community,” said Liz Stark, director of Pitkin County Community Health Services, in a statement. “It is very likely that these individuals were contagious before they learned they had the illness and isolated themselves, so our message to the community continues to be to try to avoid getting sick and staying home if you are sick.”

Also Thursday, officials in Wisconsin, California and Illinois reported new deaths from swine flu. All three patients had had other health problems, officials said.

The Wisconsin death was the state’s first from the H1N1 virus. Milwaukee Health Commissioner Bevan Baker would not release any details Thursday except to say that the person was an adult who had a common underlying health condition that he would not specify.

A 74-year-old man from Gurnee, Ill., died Tuesday, according to the Lake County Health Department. Officials said he had significant medical conditions that increased his vulnerability.

Officials in California said 9-year-old Karen Perez of Concord had been diagnosed with swine flu and had a bacterial infection before she died May 29.

There have been 11,468 probable and confirmed H1N1 cases in the United States, including 770 hospitalizations and 19 deaths, the federal Centers for Disease Control said Thursday.

Pitkin County Community Health Services offered the following tips to avoid catching and spreading illness:

• Make sure you and your family are prepared for an event that might require you to stay home for several days, or even up to two weeks.

• Individuals with mild flu-like symptoms (fever, sore throat, stuffy nose, body aches) should stay home, regardless of travel history. Children and adolescents with fever should not go to day care or school. Adults with fever should not go to work. Call your doctor if your symptoms become severe.

• Avoid getting sick by washing hands frequently, covering sneezes and coughs, avoid others with respiratory illnesses.

For more information about H1N1 visit http://www.aspenpitkin.com and click on the “pig” icon. For live answers to questions, call 1-877-462-2911.


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