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Steuben has one confirmed case of H1N1 swine flu

STEUBEN COUNTY—The Steuben County Public Health Department announced Friday, June 5, that there was a child who has tested positive for H1N1 swine flu in the county and is now recovering from it.
Lorellie Evans, public health educator for Steuben County, said that this was the only confirmed case in the county and there are no pending results at this time.  However, she said the New York State Department of Health has asked the county not to release the location of the confirmed case.
Evans said the department has also changed when samples will be submitted for testing.  She explained tests will be done for cases with people that have an acute respiratory condition, live in close contact to others, or tested positive for influenza A or an unknown strain.
According to the public health department, those at higher risk of flu complications include:
• People who are 65 years or older, under age 2, or pregnant.
• People with chronic lung problems, such as asthma or emphysema.
• People with chronic heart, kidney, liver or blood disorders.
• People with neurological disorders that can cause breathing problems.
• People with diabetes.
• People whose immune systems are weakened due to illness or medication.
• People under 18 years old who are on long-term aspirin therapy.
The New York State Health Department has an information line that is available to the public 24 hours a day, seven days a week.  The number is 1-800-808-1987.

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