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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    kc said,

    Niece’s son in Gainesville was put on tamiflu even though H1N1 was not confirmed last I heard. He’s been a miserable little boy for a week now, starting with headache. My Pixie had a bit of fever last Friday and over the weekend, but it didn’t last long and hasn’t escalated.

    Keep trying to convince My Chief to get a flu shot – he works with at-risk people every day…works CLOSELY with at-risk people – but he’s scrupulous about hand-washing and sanitizer, so my words have fallen on deaf ears so far.

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    We’ve had our first case in Spencer County, Kentucky – student at the high school. So they sanitized all the schools to be extra safe. At work, we are being provided with wipes, hand sanitizer and lysol spray everywhere. Sister in Law provided us with masks and is supposed to be getting me a supply of tamiflu, too.

  3. 3

    swampie said,

    Hand washing and sanitizing aren’t gonna do a damn bit of good when somebody sneezes/coughs in his face.

  4. 4

    kc said,

    Your mouth to God’s ear…and then on to My Chief’s ears, Swampie. Suggested it. Says he hasn’t seen anyone else wearing one at all, at any of the dialysis places he takes clients to, and till he does, I guess he’s bulletproof.

    Sheesh. Can’t be the FIRST to wear the damn mask? Well, a-course-not, THEY’RE the medical professionals!

    BTW, my Spooky cat died this morning. No idea what it was…didn’t take long though, she started downhill yesterday about this time…found a place to lay low…and was still in the same place this morning as she was when I got up to tinkle at 2am…she didn’t come out for breakfast but I was rushed and overtired so didn’t put 2 and 2 together…didn’t “find” her till Duffy got home from work about noon and I asked if he’d seen her. There she was, on the rug at the foot of my bed… She was a stray that showed up 2 summers ago, weighing nuthin, her fur all matted…at least her last months were spent getting fat and napping…

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    swampie said,

    Darn. That’s how some of mine have gone (if not by violence). I’ll find them laying somewhere like on my window ledge, or underneath my car, or at the door, as though they wanted me to know what happened. Unfortunately, kitties can go so quickly.

  6. 6

    kc said,

    Talked to the Pixie’s Great Uncle today – he had appointment yesterday. Son getting married the 19th, Glenn has surgery to remove kidney the 21st. Tumor is too close to the artery to get only the tumor. He seems in good spirits…says the doc has done enough of these to know what he’s doing…or she…not sure which it was. I told ’em I’d come if they need me, but they don’t. Got lots of family and friends there close.

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    swampie said,

    Good luck on the surgery, Pixie’s Great Uncle!

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