Concord, NH – The New Hampshire Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS) Division of Public Health Services (DPHS) announced this afternoon that 16 individuals in New Hampshire have been diagnosed with H1N1 (swine) influenza. The number reflects the first four cases that the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) had already confirmed, the remaining eleven cases that were listed as probable pending final testing at New Hampshire’s Public Health Lab (PHL), and a new confirmed case in a12-year-old from Nashua.
“We have been working with the CDC to be able to confirm test samples at the lab in Concord,” said Public Health Lab Director Chris Bean. “It was only a matter of time until we were able to confirm all H1N1 cases here; this will certainly help speed up diagnosis of these cases.” The CDC had sent the PHL flu test kits that would allow H1N1 testing to be done in the State, the Lab had to undergo a certification process with the CDC before it could confirm cases.
“We are happy to report that all the patients in New Hampshire who have been diagnosed with H1N1 are recovering and doing very well,” said DHHS Commissioner Nicholas Toumpas. “DPHS will continue to monitor and conduct surveillance activity for H1N1. I’d like to recognize all the work our Public Health staff has been doing to make sure people are informed and educated about this new strain of influenza. There has also been an incredible amount of coordination going on at the local level in our All Health Hazard Regions (AHHRs) who have been training for several years to ensure they are ready to respond to a public health emergency.”
Summary of New Hampshire Cases as of May 11, 2009
Sixteen cases of H1N1 Confirmed in New Hampshire
Concord Hospital employee
Second Concord Hospital employee
Upper Valley resident
3-year-old from greater Nashua area
18-year-old Kearsarge High School student
15-year-old New Hampton student
13-year-old Nashua resident (attends school in Massachusetts)
19-year-old Kearsarge High School student
Second 13-year-old Nashua resident
10-year-old Bedford resident
11-year-old Keene resident
12-year-old Nashua resident (attends school out of state)
Through Monday afternoon, the DHHS Public Health Labs completed testing on 678 samples. Of these, 641 tested negative for seasonal flu and H1N1, 21 samples tested positive for seasonal flu, the remaining samples are detailed in the data above.
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. These steps can help prevent the spread of illness.
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.