Concord, NH – Dr. José Montero, the New Hampshire Director of Public Health, at the New Hampshire Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS) this evening has released additional information about the two new probable cases of H1N1 announced earlier today.
18-Year-Old Kearsarge High School Student
An 18-year-old high school student was diagnosed as a probable case of the H1N1 virus. The case is the only New Hampshire one to date with any connection to Mexico. In this instance, the student had been visiting relatives out of State, and those relatives had recently traveled to Mexico and had flu symptoms.
The patient is almost completely recovered, and it does not appear that the student experienced symptoms any different than the regular flu. The initial public health investigation indicates that the student reported to the school nurse, when symptoms presented, and immediately went home.
As a precaution, DHHS has recommended that Kearsarge High School be closed on Monday, May 4th. This will provide time for State public health officials to continue their investigation and make any additional recommendations, if necessary, to the school.
In addition, the school district, with representatives of DHHS, will be providing a public information session for Kearsarge parents and families on Monday evening at 7:00 p.m.
The second probable case is boarding student at the New Hampton School. The student has not been at the school since April 30th. State public health officials are consulting with school officials and have recommended that classes be cancelled on Monday, May 4th while the public health investigation continues.
Summary of New Hampshire Cases Through May 3, 2009
One Case Confirmed by the Centers for Disease Control The Centers for Disease Control has confirmed the H1N1 diagnosis in one Concord Hospital employee.
Four Probable Cases Awaiting CDC Confirmation New Hampshire is currently awaiting confirmation of H1N1 virus in the following four probable cases:
Second Concord Hospital employee
An Upper Valley resident
18-year-old Kearsarge High School student
15-year-old New Hampton School student
Through early evening, the State Public Health Labs has tested 240 samples. All but the five probable cases have tested negative.
For questions about swine flu, 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 swine flu, visit www.dhhs.nh.gov or the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) at www.cdc.gov/swineflu.