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Este pagina en espanolSwine Flu Media Briefing Summary: 4 p.m. April 29

Dr. Jeffrey Engel, State Health Director

Release Date: April 29
Contact: Carol Schriber, 919-733-9190

National Numbers

  • Today CDC is reporting 90 human cases of swine influenza A (H1N1) in the United States.
  • CDC has confirmed one death in Texas as a result of the H1N1 virus. Patient was a 23-month-old child.
  • For state-by-state case counts, see the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention website, www.cdc.gov/swineflu.
  • Health officials are urging and recommending that Americans defer most travel to Mexico at this time.¬† It is important to note that currently, no travel bans to Mexico have been issued by the United States. Information about travel can be found at www.cdc.gov/swineflu/.

North Carolina Update

Numbers

  • North Carolina has no confirmed cases of swine flu at this time.
  • The N.C. State Laboratory of Public Health has received 41 samples from patients suspected to have swine flu to date (people who have symptoms and who may have been exposed through travel or through contact with a confirmed case). Twenty (20) samples have tested negative for any flu virus. One (1) has tested positive for seasonal flu type A H1, and three (3) have tested positive for seasonal flu type B. Those people do not have swine flu and are no longer under isolation orders. Test results are still pending on seventeen (17) samples.
  • North Carolina treats all suspect cases as if they have swine flu until testing shows otherwise. This means that suspected cases are isolated, usually at home, to prevent possible spread of illness to others.

 Actions

  • Public health officials and members of the Incident Command Team continue to reach out and partner with the Latino community and minority organizations in North Carolina to provide them with preparedness and treatment guidelines for swine flu. The Office of Minority Health and local health departments will be disseminating this information.
  • Currently, the N.C. Office of Citizens Services (N.C. CARE-LINE) is responding to calls from the public regarding swine flu. If the need arises and call volumes increase, the Governor will activate a hotline to handle increased call volume.
  • The state expects to receive and redistribute medications and other medical supplies from the Strategic National Stockpile in case they are needed for treatment of patients infected with swine flu virus. We expect to receive 25% of our allotment tonight or tomorrow for distribution to local receiving sites around the state.
  • The State Laboratory of Public Health expects to receive the reagents for swine flu testing from the CDC Thursday and to run validation tests Friday. The lab expects to begin using the reagents for testing this weekend so they can confirm or rule out swine flu without having to send samples to the CDC for that confirmation testing.

Prevention Messages

  • Practice good hygiene. Wash your hands frequently with soap and warm water. Use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer if water and soap are not available.
  • Cover coughs and sneezes with a tissue; throw the used tissue into a trash can.
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose or mouth. Germs spread this way.
  • Avoid close contact with people who are sick.
  • If you are sick, do not go to work or school; stay away from other people as much as possible.
  • Try to stay in good general health. Get plenty of sleep, be physically active, manage your stress, drink plenty of fluids, and eat nutritious food.