Additional Probable H1N1 Cases Announced
Concord, NH – The New Hampshire Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS) has announced a fourth New Hampshire resident has been confirmed with the diagnosis of H1N1 influenza. The patient is a 3-year-old from the greater Nashua area. The child was tested early last week out of state after becoming ill while on vacation with family. DHHS is announcing three new probable cases. The latest cases include an adult from Nashua, an adult from Hudson, and an 11-year old from Keene. The Division of Public Health Services (DPHS) is still investigating these cases. All individuals in New Hampshire identified as confirmed or probable H1N1 cases are recovering and doing well.
Summary of New Hampshire Cases as of May 8, 2009
Four cases of H1N1 Confirmed by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)
The CDC has confirmed H1N1 influenza in two Concord Hospital employees, a resident from the Upper Valley, and a 3-year-old from the greater Nashua area.
Eleven Probable Cases Awaiting Confirmation
New Hampshire is currently awaiting confirmation of H1N1 virus in the
18-year-old Kearsarge High School student
15-year-old New Hampton School 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
Through Friday afternoon, the DHHS Public Health Labs completed testing on
608 samples. Of these, 574 tested negative for seasonal flu and H1N1, 20
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 stop 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