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H1N1/Swine Flu

Novel H1N1/2009 Pandemic Information

Situation

Novel influenza A (H1N1) is a new flu virus of swine origin that was first detected in Mexico and the United States in March and April, 2009.

The first novel H1N1 patient in the United States was confirmed by laboratory testing at CDC on April 15, 2009. Utah's first H1N1 case was identified on May 2, 2009 in Summit County.

Active transmission is ongoing in Salt Lake County. New cases and hospitalizations have been confirmed in September 2009.

 

What You Can Do To Stay Healthy

Get Vaccinated.

There are everyday actions people can take to stay healthy.

  • Cover your nose and mouth with a tissue when you cough or sneeze. Throw the tissue in the trash after you use it.
  • Wash your hands often with soap and water, especially after you cough or sneeze. Alcohol-based hand cleaners are also effective. Stay home image
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose or mouth. Germs spread that way.

Try to avoid close contact with sick people.

  • Influenza is thought to spread mainly person-to-person through coughing or sneezing of infected people.
  • If you get sick, CDC recommends that you stay home from work or school and limit contact with others to keep from infecting them.

CDC Prevention Podcast (2:12)

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H1N1 Toolkit

SLVHD has created a series of educational posters, pamphlet and flyers for businesses, day cares, camps, schools, etc. to promote H1N1/influenza awareness and help prevent the rapid spread of the virus.

Pandemic Information

On June 11, 2009, the World Health Organization (WHO) declared the Novel H1N1/swine flu virus an official pandemic - the first of the 21st century. For more information on flu pandemics and pandemic preparedness, visit PandemicFlu.gov.

 

Additional Information

More information is available on the CDC's H1N1 website, including:

CDC diagnostic testing kit for H1N1

 

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