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posted on May 07, 2009 11:18
An AdaCounty 13-year-old girl has a probable test for H1N1 infection, with samples sent to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention for confirmation. The girl is recovering at home.
 
This new probable case brings the statewide total to two probable H1N1 cases and one confirmed. On Sunday, the CDC confirmed H1N1 infection in a KootenaiCounty woman in her 60s who had recently traveled to Texas. On Tuesday, AdaCounty reported its first probable case of H1N1, an infant girl who was not hospitalized and is recovering at home. Initial investigation shows that neither of the two AdaCounty probable cases has travel history to Mexico or other areas affected by swine flu.
 
“This tells us that we indeed may have the H1N1 virus circulating in our communities, which we already suspected” says Dr. Christine Hahn M.D., Idaho State Epidemiologist. “We will work closely with Central District Health Department to monitor both cases, and we continue to urge everyone to do their part in stopping the spread of flu infection. Families should continue to stay informed and practice good health hygiene, including keeping ill children at home.”
 
With probable Idaho lab results, public health officials will work with the parents of the infected girl 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.
 
Public health officials are working with the girl’s school to monitor the situation and limit exposure.
Currently, the CDC does not recommend school closures for suspected or confirmed cases of H1N1.
 
Public Health Districts continue to investigate new reports of possible H1N1 infection throughout the state. 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.
 
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