WATER VALLEY – Twenty-six new cases of H1N1 Swine Flu cases reported in the last week in Mississippi brings the state’s total number of cases to 285. Of these cases, none have been reported in Yalobusha County, according to the Mississippi State Department of Health (MSDH).
Since MSDH began testing for H1N1 swine flu in mid-May, there have been five reported cases in neighboring Panola County, two in Lafayette County and one in Calhoun County.
According to State Epidemiologist Dr. Mary Currier, H1N1 swine flu responds well to traditional anti-viral medications. The very young, the elderly, pregnant women and the chronically ill may be at higher risk for complications.
Symptoms of swine flu in humans are similar to those of seasonal flu, causing fever, respiratory symptoms and body aches. H1N1 swine flu has contributed to a number of deaths nationwide, principally in those with pre-existing health conditions.
Prevention is the best method of protection, and Mississippians are encouraged to take the following precautions to reduce the risk of contracting H1N1 swine flu and other flu-like illnesses: wash your hands frequently or use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer, cough or sneeze into your sleeve, or cough into a tissue followed by hand-washing, and avoid close contact with those who are sick. If you are ill, stay home until you are well, unless you need to see a doctor, in which case call first to prevent possible transmission in the doctor’s waiting area.
For more information on H1N1 swine flu, visit the MSDH website at www.HealthyMS.com or call the toll-free MSDH flu hotline at 1-877-222-9FLU. The hotline hours are 8 a.m. – 5 p.m. Monday through Friday, except state holidays.