Archive for September 9, 2009

9-Month-Old Baby Latest H1N1 Victim in Jacksonville

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. — The Duval County Health Department confirmed the sixth H1N1 flu related death on Wednesday.

The latest victim is a 9-month-old boy who died last Thursday. Young children are among those at highest risk for contracting the disease.

To date, there have been 77 laboratory-confirmed H1N1 swine flu deaths in Florida.

“Our hearts and prayers go out to the family and friends of these individuals, ” said Surgeon General Ana Viamonte Ros. ” H1N1 swine flu, like seasonal flu, can in some circumstances be very serious, therefore, all of us should continue to adhere to good health practices including, stay home if sick, cover cough and sneeze, and wash hands frequently.”

DCHD provide the following recommendations: People with respiratory illness should stay home from work or school to avoid spreading infections, including influenza, to others in the community.

They also recommend:
•Avoid close contact with people who are coughing or otherwise appear ill.
•Avoid touching your eyes, nose and mouth.
•Wash hands frequently to lessen the spread of respiratory illness.

People experiencing cough, fever and fatigue, possibly along with diarrhea and vomiting, should contact their physician.

Anyone who thinks they have influenza is asked to call a health care provider and discuss whether you need to be seen in their office, emergency department or stay home.

Let me assure you right now that irresponsible people are sending their sick kids to school on the school bus on a daily basis. I know.

If you are depending on people using good sense or to follow the CDC recommendations to stop the spread of disease, better come up with an alternate plan, particularly if your child or other family members are in a high risk category.

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