News Releases > Confirmed case of H1N1 influenza in Allen County
FORT WAYNE, Ind. (June 2, 2009). – The first case of the H1N1 influenza is confirmed in Allen County. There are now a total of 155 confirmed cases in Indiana and more than 10,000 nationwide.
The newly confirmed Allen County case was identified after the individual reported to a sentinel site with symptoms of influenza. Laboratory test results from the Indiana State Department of Health confirmed that the illness was caused by the H1N1 virus. No additional information about this case is available.
Early on in the outbreak, public health officials acted aggressively to try to prevent the spread of the H1N1 virus in the U.S. through testing, and treatment and, out of a sense of caution, recommending some school closures. Because the novel H1N1 virus appears to be acting like seasonal influenza, there is no need to conduct widespread testing or extensive case investigations.
“We continue to be watchful and have modified our guidance to health providers and residents accordingly,” said Dr. Deborah McMahan, Allen County Health Commissioner. “As with any flu virus, the best way for people to protect themselves and those around them is to wash hands frequently, cough or sneeze into your sleeve, and stay at home if you’re sick.”
H1N1 influenza spreads the same way seasonal flu spreads, by respiratory droplets when people cough or sneeze. Symptoms of H1N1 are also similar to the symptoms of regular seasonal flu and include fever, lethargy, lack of appetite and coughing. Some people have also reported runny nose, sore throat, nausea, vomiting and diarrhea.
People with mild symptoms of the flu should stay home and call their health care provider for advice. If symptoms become severe, such as high fever, trouble breathing, or inability to keep down fluids, the person should seek medical care.