The New Hampshire Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS) Division of Public Health Services (DPHS) announced late yesterday that two more New Hampshire residents have been diagnosed with H1N1 (swine) influenza. The newly confirmed cases are a 10 year old from Nashua and a 4 year old from Londonderry. DPHS is investigating both of these cases.
The 4 year old is the 22nd person identified in New Hampshire that has been confirmed.
The image above of the identified H1N1 influenza virus were taken in the CDC Influenza Laboratory.
“While it may seem that this event is winding down, there is still ongoing transmission of H1N1 influenza across the country and the world,” said Public Health Director Dr. Jose Montero. “Influenza viruses are very unpredictable, so we want to emphasize that we just don’t know what the future holds for this virus. The precautions we’ve recommended since the beginning of this outbreak are just as important now as ever.”
Summary of New Hampshire Cases as of May 19, 2009
Twenty-two cases of H1N1 Confirmed in New Hampshire today (May 19th)
1 ) Concord Hospital employee
2 ) Second Concord Hospital employee
3 ) Upper Valley resident
4 ) 3-year-old from greater Nashua area
5 ) 18-year-old Kearsarge High School student
6 ) 15-year-old New Hampton student
7 ) 13-year-old Nashua resident (attends school in Massachusetts)
8 ) 19-year-old Kearsarge High School student
9 ) Second 13-year-old Nashua resident
10) Derry resident
11) Rochester resident
12) 10-year-old Bedford resident
13) Nashua resident
14) Hudson resident
15) 11-year-old Keene resident
16) 12-year-old Nashua resident (attends school out of state)
17) 7-year-old Upper Valley resident
18) 11-year-old Keene resident
19) Keene resident
20) Adult from Greater Salem area
21) 10-year-old Nashua resident
22) 4-year-old Londonderry resident
Through Tuesday afternoon (May 19, 2009), the DHHS Public Health Labs have completed testing on 845 samples. Of these, 801 tested negative for seasonal flu and H1N1, 22 samples tested positive for seasonal flu, and 22 tested positive for H1N1.
DHHS wants to remind everyone to stay home from work or school if you feel sick; cover your mouth and nose with your sleeve when you cough or sneeze; and wash your hands frequently, especially before eating or preparing food. These steps can help prevent the spread of H1N1 flu and many other illnesses.
For questions about H1N1, possible symptoms, travel information, or other issues related to this illness residents can call 1-888-330-6764 between 8:00 a.m. and 8:00 p.m. daily. For more information on H1N1 flu, visit www.dhhs.nh.gov or the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) at www.cdc.gov/H1N1flu
At 1:30pm May 20th according to Londonderry Schools
Breaking News:First Londonderry H1N1 swine flu confirmed case, 4 year old, has no siblings attending Londonderry Schools.