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Camp confirms presence of swine flu

LONG LAKE - The Hamilton County Public Health Nursing Service was notified late afternoon, Friday June 26, 2009, that suspected cases of the H1N1 virus, formerly known as swine flu, had been confirmed positive by the Wadsworth State Laboratory from specimens submitted on Thursday from a children's camp within the county.

The Nursing Service was notified by camp medical staff early Thursday of several campers with influenza like illness (ILI) The camp had immediately implemented infection control measures and isolated the ill campers. The cases have been mild, with symptoms including fever, fatigue, sore throat, body aches, and a cough. several of the ill campers have recovered and have returned to regular activities.

Children's camps have been a focus of the Nursing Service in consultation with the State Department of Health in preparing for influenza outbreaks within the county, due to the congregate setting and campers traveling into the county from all over the country. The camp medical staff was diligent in following the guidelines and recommendations presented to them. The Nursing Service continues to monitor the situation daily.

To protect yourself and your family from influenza like illness:

Cover your nose and mouth with a tissue when you cough or sneeze, wash your hands often with soap and water, especially if you have chronic illness that makes you susceptible to infections, if you feel ill, stay home from work or school and limit your contact with others to keep from infecting them, if your illness becomes severe, contact your physician.

For further information on how to protect yourself and your family, go to www.hamiltoncountypublichealth.org or www..health.state.ny.us

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