Concord, NH – The New Hampshire Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS) Division of Public Health Services (DPHS) announced this afternoon another New Hampshire resident has been diagnosed with H1N1 (swine) influenza. The newly confirmed case is a 7-year-old from the Upper Valley. The child is doing well and recovering at home. DPHS has conducted an investigation and anyone who may have been exposed to the illness has been identified.
Summary of New Hampshire Cases as of May 12, 2009
Seventeen 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)
7-year-old Upper Valley resident
Through Tuesday afternoon, the DHHS Public Health Labs completed testing on 709 samples. Of these, 671 tested negative for seasonal flu and H1N1, 21samples tested positive for seasonal flu, and 17 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. 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.