12 More Swine Flu Cases Confirmed In Central Texas

BELL COUNTY (June 24, 2009)—Seventy-nine cases of swine flu have been confirmed in Bell County, the Bell County Public Health District said Wednesday.

That’s 12 more than the 67 confirmed cases reported at the start of the week.

McLennan County health officials say two cases of swine flu have been confirmed in the county, but one of the two patients is not a county resident, but instead is from Harris County.

The most recent state data show 21 confirmed cases in Brazos County, one in Coryell County, one in Milam County, eight in Williamson County and 2 in Hamilton County.

Statewide, about 2,300 cases have been confirmed.

Ten deaths in the state are linked to the virus.

On Tuesday, the Killeen ISD said it has one confirmed case of swine flu at Rancier Middle School, which is open for summer classes, which will continue.

The school district said it will provide specialized cleaning services at the school and on buses throughout the district.

Last week, a camper at the Greene Family Camp in Bruceville was diagnosed with swine flu and health officials suspected four other campers might also have been infected.

The five were sent home for the seven days the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recommends.

One of them is expected to return to the camp Wednesday and two others are expected back Thursday.

Also last week, Temple city officials announced that a child who was attending the city-run Camp Heatwave day camp has been diagnosed with swine flu.

Camp Heatwave is for children ages 5 to 14 and runs from June 5 through Aug. 21 at the Wilson Park Recreation Center.

What Is Swine Flu?
The current virus is described as a new subtype of swine flu or A/H1N1 not previously detected in swine or humans. The virus combines genetic material from pigs, birds and humans in a way researchers have not seen before.

How Is It Transmitted?
People cannot get swine influenza from eating pork or pork products. Most influenza viruses, including the swine flu virus, are not spread by food. Eating properly handled and cooked pork products is safe. No food safety issues have been identified, related to the flu. Preliminary investigations have determined that none of the people infected with the flu had contact with hogs. The virus is spreading by human-to-human transmission.

Swine Flu Symptoms
Symptoms of swine flu are similar to those of seasonal flu and include:

Lack of appetite
Runny nose
Sore throat

What To Do If You Get Sick
If you are sick, you should stay home and avoid contact with other people as much as possible to keep from spreading your illness to others. If you become ill and experience any of the following warning signs, seek emergency medical care.

In children emergency warning signs that need urgent medical attention include:
Fast breathing or trouble breathing
Bluish skin color
Not drinking enough fluids
Not waking up or not interacting
Being so irritable that the child does not want to be held
Flu-like symptoms improve but then return with fever and worse cough
Fever with a rash

In adults, emergency warning signs that need urgent medical attention include:
Difficulty breathing or shortness of breath
Pain or pressure in the chest or abdomen
Sudden dizziness
Severe or persistent vomiting

Steps You Can Take To Stay Healthy
Cover your nose and mouth with a tissue when you cough or sneeze
Throw the tissue in the trash after you use it
Wash your hands often with soap and water, especially after you cough or sneeze
Alcohol-based hands cleaners are also effective
Avoid touching your eyes, nose or mouth. Germs spread that way
Try to avoid close contact with sick people.
If you get sick with influenza, CDC recommends that you stay home from work or school and limit contact with others to keep from infecting them

Links And Other Resources
The Department of State Health Services (DSHS) has a toll-free information line to answer any questions you may have about the swine flu. The number is 1-888-777-5320

World Health Organization Human Swine Influenza Site

CDC Human Swine Flu Investigation Site

Texas Department Of State Health Services Swine Flu Site

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  • by Ebony Location: USA on Dec 16, 2010 at 07:04 PM
    I had no idea 12 Texans actually died from H1N1! There was all this precautionary information on tv news and then it sorted of faded from the headlines. All of us have touched surfaces and then rubbed our eyes, nose, or mouth without thinking and this is how this illness is spread. Staying cognizant of the signs and symptoms and being diligent about washing our hands seems to be the best course of action.
  • by Annie Location: USA on Dec 5, 2010 at 06:17 AM
    It's sad that people had to lose their lives due to this terrible disease. Thanks for the information as this will keep us alert especially while we are in flu season. The symptoms of swine flu is pretty much like regular flu and sometimes can be confused with bronchitis. Hope we can take all the precaution very seriously to prevent this disease. We don't want to see any more lives lost because of swine flu.
  • by JenniferG Location: Spain on Feb 14, 2010 at 05:32 AM
    Thanks for such a detailed information regarding swine flu. Despite the fact that this article is quite old, it was still useful for me. It is a horrible virus for sure, many people were dead because of it. The most mystical thing is that we can't understand how it has appeared. Moreover it is hard to understand it's symptoms because they are very similar to stomach flu symptoms or other kinds of flu. It is hard for hospitals to take care about everyone and make a swine flu test too because there is not enough money. Also we must keep in mind the problem with health insurances in United States... However I am really happy that now this virus has passed away a little bit and we can hear about it rarely. Let's hope that there will be no new diseases more and that we will be able to live in the healthy world.
  • by Anonymous on Jun 24, 2009 at 10:21 AM
    What To Do If You Get Sick If you are sick, you should stay home and avoid contact with other people as much as possible to keep from spreading your illness to others. STAY HOME PEOPLE!!
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