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Probable swine flu cases in NJ

April 27, 2009 9:22:59 PM PDT
Five probable swine flu cases have been identified in New Jersey. All five individuals have mild forms of the flu and are recovering at home, according to the health department.

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  • Officials said four of the five probable cases had traveled recently to Mexico and the fifth had traveled to California. The patients include residents from various counties throughout New Jersey.

    No further information was available while CDC confirmation is pending. Confirmatory results are expected back within 48 hours.

    "We recognize that swine flu will likely be an ongoing public health issue. Fortunately, as elsewhere in the country, these probable cases have mild illness," said Commissioner Heather Howard. "Right now, I want to emphasize that the best form of prevention is to observe good health hygiene, including covering your coughs and sneezes, washing your hands frequently and staying home from school or work if you're sick."

    Earlier today, Governor Jon S. Corzine convened a meeting of cabinet members and key health department staff to review and coordinate preparedness plans across state agencies and to ensure an efficient response.

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    ADDITIONAL RESOURCES

    For facts about influenza, and more information about swine flu, please visit the Health Department and CDC websites. Some specific resources:

    From New York City Health Department

    Facts about flu
    http://www.nyc.gov/html/doh/html/cd/cdinflu.shtml

    From Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

    General information about swine flu
    http://www.cdc.gov/swineflu/general_info.htm

    Swine Flu Case Definitions
    http://www.cdc.gov/swineflu/casedef_swineflu.htm

    Swine Flu Infection Control and Patient Care
    http://www.cdc.gov/swineflu/guidelines_infection_control.htm

    Preventing the Flu
    http://www.cdc.gov/flu/protect/habits.htm


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