Second Alachua County Resident Dies of H1N1 (Swine Flu)
The Alachua County Health Department (ACHD) has received notification today of an H1N1 Swine Flu related death in an 82-year-old male resident of Alachua County.
"Our deepest sympathies are extended to family and friends." stated Jean Munden, Administrator of the ACHD. "We continue to receive and investigate reports of flu transmission in the County and urge citizens to exercise precautions against infection."
While most cases of H1N1 Swine Flu are mild, there are exceptions. Pre-existing health conditions often play a role in how individuals react to the flu.
Influenza is characterized by a fever of over 100 degrees Fahrenheit accompanied with a cough and or sneezing. Some infected individuals may also experience a sore throat, runny or stuffy nose, body aches, headaches, chills, fatigue, diarrhea and vomiting.
Citizens are urged to stay home and away from others if they are ill, cough or sneeze into a tissue and discard it, or into their sleeve if tissues are not available. They should also stay away from others that are ill. If they require medical attention, they should contact their medical provider for instructions prior to presenting at their office or clinic.
For more information about influenza, call the Alachua County Health Department at 352-334-7981,or visit http://www.alachuacountyhealth.com or www.flu.gov.
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