For Immediate Release: May 20, 2009
Media Contact: Communication Office
Vermont Department of Health
BURLINGTON — The Vermont Department of Health Laboratory has confirmed the state’s second case of the novel H1N1 flu that has been circulating across the United States and around the world.
A clinical sample from a Windsor County adult was confirmed as positive for novel H1N1 influenza virus on May 19. The individual was not hospitalized and is recovering well at home.
On May 8, the Vermont Department of Health Laboratory gained the ability to perform the confirmatory testing of novel human influenza A H1N1, following on-site validation of a high complexity molecular assay provided by the Centers for Disease Control & Prevention.
Since late April, more than 5,700 probable and confirmed cases of the new flu have been reported in the U.S., with more than 10,000 cases reported in 41 countries around the world.
It is believed that the new H1N1 flu spreads in the same way that regular seasonal flu viruses spread, mainly through the coughs and sneezes of people who are sick with the virus. There is no vaccine for the novel H1N1 flu. To keep illness from spreading, Vermonters are urged to continue to take simple precautions every day, and to teach children to do the same:
- Cover your mouth and nose every time you cough or sneeze.
- Use a tissue when possible and throw it in the trash after use.
- Wash hands often and well — wash for as long as it takes to sing the “ABC” song.
- Using an alcohol-based hand sanitizer is also effective.
- Try to avoid close contact with sick people.
- If you’re sick with flu-like symptoms (sore throat, bad cough, body aches or chills, fever of 100ºF or more, extreme fatigue, sometimes vomiting or diarrhea, stay home from work or school for at least 7 days, even if symptoms go away.
Extensive information, tools and resources about H1N1 flu, healthy habits and pandemic preparedness are available at the Health Department’s website: www.healthvermont.gov or dial 2-1-1.