Thursday, April 30

Two reported cases of H1N1 Flu in Iowa

To be clear, this is not one of the cases, nor should you engage in this activity. However, as you've likely heard, the University Hygienic Laboratory has identified two probable cases of H1N1 influenza (sometimes referred to as "swine flu") within the state, both involving southeast Iowa residents or visitors. One person who may have been infected with the flu attended a conference in Coralville.

According to the UI Critical Management Team:

Neither person has required hospitalization, and the Johnson County Department of Public Health is not recommending post-exposure prophylaxis (preventive treatment with antiviral medications) for people who may have come in contact with the Coralville visitor.

University officials, working closely with local and state health authorities, continue to monitor developments in keeping with the University's Pandemic Influenza Response Plan, available here:

Common-sense precautions remain the best way of reducing the threat from flu and other infections:

* First and foremost, if you are sick, stay home and limit contact with others until 24 hours after your symptoms go away.
* Cover your nose and mouth with a tissue or your sleeve when you cough or sneeze. Throw the tissue away.
* Cough into your elbow instead of your hand if you don't have a tissue.
* Wash your hands often with soap and water, especially after coughing or sneezing. Use alcohol-based hand cleaners, too.
* Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth.
* Try to avoid close contact with sick people.
* If you are sick and need to see a doctor, call the doctor's office first for any special instructions.

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