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posted on May 05, 2009 11:18
An AdaCounty baby girl less than one year old has a probable test for H1N1 infection, with samples sent to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention for confirmation. The infant was not hospitalized and is recovering at home.
 
With probable Idaho lab results, public health officials will work with the parents of the infected infant and their healthcare provider for continued care, and implement strategies to reduce the chances of transmitting the virus to other people. If needed, immediate family members or close contacts also will be offered medications that can reduce the severity of possible illness and the probability of transmitting H1N1 infection to other people.
 
On Sunday, the CDC confirmed H1N1 infection in a KootenaiCounty woman in her 60s who had recently traveled to Texas. The woman was not hospitalized and has recovered. A total of 162 other samples from Idaho residents has tested negative. 
 
“We are always very concerned whenever an infant becomes ill with the flu,” says Dr. Christine Hahn M.D., Idaho State Epidemiologist. “We will work closely with Central District Health Department to monitor the situation. We ask everyone’s cooperation to help stop the spread of flu infection. The best thing parents and families can do is stay informed and practice good hygiene etiquette, which includes staying home if you are sick.”
 
Children under five years have increased risk of serious complications from the flu. Parents should call their healthcare provider if their child:
 
  • Develops any fever of more than 100.4° F in the first 3 months of life, 101° F or greater between 3 and 6 months, or 103° F after 6 months of age.
  • Has trouble breathing, appears to have ear or face pain, or looks very ill. Some children develop complications from the flu, such as pneumonia or ear or sinus infections.
  • Has a cough that worsens or that lingers more than a week.
 
Idaho Public Health Districts continue to investigate new reports of possible H1N1 infection throughout the state. People who have a recent travel history to areas affected by H1N1 and who are suffering from flu symptoms such as fever, sore throat, muscle aches, and cough are asked to contact their healthcare provider. People who have no travel history should call their healthcare provider if their symptoms are severe enough that they would normally warrant a visit to their doctor. People who do not have any symptoms cannot be tested for H1N1 virus.
 
Symptoms of the H1N1 infection are similar to seasonal flu and include fever, cough, sore throat, body aches, headache, chills and fatigue. Some people have also reported diarrhea and vomiting. People cannot contract the infection from eating pork.
 
Idaho public health officials are working with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention to distribute medications and supplies that can treat over 50,000 sick people in Idaho. The supplies have been delivered to the State and have been distributed to the Idaho Public Health Districts. These medications will serve as a reserve for medications that are currently available in the private sector at pharmacies and hospitals. The state can order additional medications if necessary.
 
The Idaho Department of Health and Welfare has Idaho information available on its website, www.healthandwelfare.idaho.gov that provides information about reports of influenza illnesses. The web site is updated daily with the most current lab results.
 
For people who may be traveling to affected areas, travel information and recommendations are available from the CDC at: www.cdc.gov/travel.
 
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