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No confirmed cases of swine flu in the area

TRI-COUNTY AREA—Schools, hospitals and the Schuyler, Steuben and Yates County Public Health are all preparing to deal with the H1N1 swine influenza. However, Deborah Minor, supervisor of preventative programs for Yates County Public Health, said as of Tuesday morning there are no cases of swine flu in Yates County.
Also as of Tuesday, a possible swine flu case near Bath is still uncomfirmed. Lorellie Evans said the Steuben County Public Health is waiting on the test to come back from Monday afternoon.
Minor added the department is contacting the schools, hospitals and other public health departments in surrounding counties daily. Marcia Kasprzyk, deputy director of public health for Schuyler County Public Health, said Schuyler is doing the same “to see what they’re seeing.” She added they have spoken with people in charge of making decisions, like for school closings.
Minor said the Yates Public Health is working on getting information out the state is providing. Public Health is also fielding calls from health providers like hospitals about potential cases. Minor added there are none yet and that people should remember there are still cases of seasonal flu throughout the state.
According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) there are currently 279 confirmed swine flu cases in the U.S as of Tuesday morning, May 5. Of that, 73 are in New York, though none in Schuyler or Yates Counties.
The CDC offers the following advice to stay healthy:
1. Try to avoid close contact with sick people.
2. Influenza is thought to spread mainly person-to-person through coughing or sneezing of an infected person.
3. Cover your nose and mouth with a tissue when you cough or sneeze. Throw away the tissue in the trash after you use it.
4. Wash your hands often with soap and water, especially after you cough or sneeze. Alcohol-based hand cleaners are also effective.
5. Avoid touching your eyes, nose or mouth. Germs spread that way.
6. If you do get sick, CDC recommends that you stay home from work or school and limit your contact with others to keep from infecting them.
The symptoms of swine flu in people include fever, lethargy, lack of appetite and coughing. Some people with swine flu also have reported symptoms of a runny nose, sore throat, nausea, vomiting and diarrhea. The state has a hotline for the swine flu at 1-800-808-1987.

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