Thursday, August 27, 2009
Health alert: H1N1 flu reported
Brame and Wright Medical Group in Holly Springs has reported the first confirmed novel H1N1 flu virus infection (formerly known as swine flu) in Marshall County.
As most are aware, the novel H1N1 flu has been widespread through most parts of Mississippi this summer, but until August 24, there were no confirmed cases in Marshall County.
Renee Wright, FNP, reports that she checks the CDC site daily for updates on outbreaks and treatment guidelines for the novel H1N1 flu and was not surprised when she received notification of her positive case.
Wright said Brame and Wright Medical Group are the only providers in Holly Springs that participate in the Mississippi influenza surveillance system, a system that reports flu-like illness to the Mississippi State Department of Health on an ongoing basis who then reports to the Centers For Disease Control in Atlanta.
The main way that flu viruses are thought to spread is from person to person in respiratory droplets of coughs and sneezes. This can happen when droplets from a cough or sneeze are sent through the air and land on the mouth or nose of people nearby.
Influenza viruses may also be spread when a person touches respiratory droplets on another person or an object and then touches their own mouth or nose before washing their hands.
Susan Brame, FNP, stresses to do your part to keep your family, friends, and others in our community healthy by: (WATCH) Washing hands often, Avoid close contact with others who show signs of illness, Toss tissues in the trash after one use, Cough or sneeze into a tissue or your arm -- not your hands and to Hibernate if you’re sick. If you need to go to your health care provider’s office, wear a mask.
The number one prevention is to get your flu vaccine, and this year the CDC recommends getting it as soon as it becomes available
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