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Governor Rendell Announces Pennsylvania's First Confirmed Case of 2009 A/H1N1 Flu
Date:5/3/2009

The department's Web site, www.health.state.pa.us, is continually being updated with all available federal and state information and recommendations.

Information is being provided directly to all of the state's health care providers, clinicians and hospitals regarding this strain of flu, including how to quickly report possible cases and how to submit samples for testing. Specific guidance for schools, daycare providers and migrant workers is available through the department's Web site. Anyone with questions about 2009 A/H1N1 or health concerns is encouraged to call the Department of Health directly at 1-877-PA-HEALTH.

Type A/H1N1 influenza is a respiratory disease of pigs caused by type A influenza viruses. Outbreaks of such flu happen regularly in pigs. Before the current outbreak, people rarely got sick unless they were in very close proximity to infected pigs. However, during the current outbreak, the virus is able to spread from person-to-person.

Symptoms of A/H1N1 flu in people are similar to those of regular or seasonal flu and include fever, lethargy, lack of appetite and coughing. Some with this type of flu also have reported runny nose, sore throat, nausea, vomiting and diarrhea. Although winter is over, there is still a low level of seasonal influenza occurring in Pennsylvania.

There is no vaccine available at this time. It is important for people to take the following steps to prevent spreading the virus to others:

  • Stay home when you are sick to avoid infecting others;
  • Cough or sneeze into the bend of your elbow or a tissue and properly dispose of used tissues;
  • Wash your hands frequently and thoroughly with soap and warm water or use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer;
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose and mouth;
  • Stay hea
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