JACKSON, Miss. – Today, the Mississippi State Department of Health (MSDH) reports another case of H1N1 swine flu. The fifth case is a young adult male in Harrison County who has fully recovered. Since last week, there have been a total of four cases reported in Harrison County and one in Forrest County.
“We are continuing our increased surveillance throughout the state,” said State Epidemiologist Dr. Mary Currier. “We are keeping our ear to the ground in the coastal area; we do realize this is an area with a lot of travel. Everyone should continue to take the same basic precautions of good hand-washing hygiene, coughing or sneezing into your sleeve and staying home if you are sick.”
According to Dr. Currier, H1N1 swine flu responds well to traditional anti-viral medications. The very young, the elderly, pregnant women and the chronically ill may be at higher risk.
The MSDH has activated a Swine Flu Hotline seven days a week from 8 a.m. to 9 p.m. at 1-877-222-9FLU (1-877-222-9358).
Prevention is the best method of protection, and Mississippians are encouraged to take the following precautions to reduce the risk of contracting H1N1 swine flu and other flu-like illnesses: wash your hands frequently, cough or sneeze into your sleeve, and avoid close contact with those who are sick. If you are ill, stay home until you are well, unless you need to see a doctor, in which case call first to prevent possible transmission in the doctor’s waiting area.
Schools and childcare facilities are not recommended to close based on the confirmation of local cases of H1N1 swine flu, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). This recommendation is made based on the availability of more information on the virus’s transmission and severity of illness. Any school in Mississippi considering closure should first consult with the state Department of Education and MSDH for the latest information and advice.
For more information on H1N1 swine flu, visit the MSDH website at www.HealthyMS.com or call the toll-free MSDH hotline from 8 a.m. until 9 p.m. at 1-877-222-9FLU (1-877-222-9358). To receive updates on Twitter, visit the MSDH H1N1 swine flu page to sign up as a follower.