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H1N1 flu cases are dropping

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WATERLOO (KWWL) - The number of H1N1 flu cases has fallen off sharply in the Waterloo area.

Officials at Allen Hospital say for them, the peak for this wave of flu was October 15 – 25. Numbers have been declining since then.  Allen officials say there have been several days now with only one flu patient in the hospital and only a handful of flu patients in the emergency departments and urgent care centers. 

The number of patients with flu like or H1N1-symptoms at Covenant Medical Center has fallen off as well.

"Of the patients admitted to the hospital from the Emergency Department, only a small number have had some viral syndrome which could have been related to H1N1. Pediatric presentations of flu or H1N1 symptoms have also decreased as well,” Vice President of Medical Affairs, Dr. Paul Franke.

“School absenteeism related to illness may be declining,” said IDPH Medical Director, Dr. Patricia Quinlisk. “However, illness among adults is increasing. Most adults will recover from H1N1 without complications; however, there are warning signs that should prompt immediate medical attention.”

These signs include:

· Difficulty breathing or chest pain.

· Purple or blue discoloration of lips.

· Vomiting and unable to keep liquids down.

· Feeling dizzy when standing.

· Unable to urinate.

It remains important for everyone to take personal action to prevent the spread of illness. These steps include cleaning your hands frequently; covering your coughs and sneezes with a tissue or your sleeve; and containing germs by staying home when ill.

Symptoms of H1N1 influenza are similar to seasonal influenza and include a fever, cough, sore throat, runny or stuffy nose, body aches, headache, chills and fatigue. Some people with H1N1 flu also have diarrhea and vomit.

To date, Iowa has reported 16 confirmed H1N1 deaths in Iowa, including 15 adults and one child, and nearly 500 Iowans have been hospitalized.

Online Producer: Jason Mortvedt

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