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2 cases of H1N1 in Marshall County

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MARSHALL COUNTY (KWWL) -- Two cases of H1N1 flu have been confirmed in Marshall County, according to Marshall County Public Health. 

Following is the official release from Marshall County Public Health:

Updated information as of 2:00 p.m. August 28, 2009

Marshall County Public Health has been notified of two confirmed cases of the H1N1 virus in Marshall County. Influenza A specimens were sent to the University Hygienic Lab (UHL) in Iowa City. Those specimens were subtyped and H1N1 was confirmed.

"Once we have three confirmed tests for Marshall County, the UHL will start sampling specimens, three to five per week " stated Tina Coleman, Director of Marshall County Public Health. "When the virus becomes well established in our community, testing will decline as more people present with symptoms."

Marshalltown Medical & Surgical Center (MMSC) is also taking preliminary precautions and asking anyone who is ill to not visit the patients in the hospital. It is important that patients, who are already sick, not be exposed to a virus.

The CDC has determined that the H1N1 virus is contagious and is spreading from person to person, like the seasonal flu. They symptoms of the H1N1 flu virus are similar to the symptoms of the seasonal flu and include fever, cough, sore throat, runny or stuffy nose, body aches, headache, chills and fatigue. A significant number of people also have reported diarrhea and vomiting.

According to the CDC, many people who have been sick with this virus in the U.S. have recovered at home without treatment. If your child has flu-like symptoms, please keep him or her home for seven days or 24 hours after fever has resolved, unless given other instructions by your pediatricians or their staff.

The focus should be on prevention and early detection of the virus. It is important that your child not be exposed to other children who are sick, and if your child has flu like illness he or she should not expose others to the illness. parents and caregivers need to be vigilant for signs and symptoms of the illness.

There are some things you can do to keep you and your children healthy:

• Cover your nose and mouth with a tissue when you cough or sneeze. If you don't have a tissue, cough or sneeze into your upper sleeve, not your hands. Put your used tissues into the wastebasket.
• Wash hands often with soap and water, especially after coughing or sneezing. If soap and water are not available, use and alcohol-based hand sanitizer.
• Avoid contact with sick people.
• If you or your child gets sick with flu like illness, stay at home from work or school and limit contact with others.
• Avoid touching your eyes, nose, or mouth.
• Disinfect commonly used surfaces (doorknobs, light switches, counters, etc).

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