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Four new confirmed H1N1 cases diagnosed in Chatham County

Posted June 12, 2009 5:49 p.m. EDT

— State health officials said Friday that four new cases of the H1N1 virus have been confirmed in Chatham County.

The new cases bring the total number of confirmed cases to seven in the county.

Of the four new cases, two are students at Horton Middle School and one is an adult with ties to the school, officials said Friday. They not discuss the fourth case.

The four are under the care of a physician and are recuperating, officials said.

These cases bring the statewide total to 83 confirmed cases of the illness, which is also called swine flu.

The World Health Organization said the spread of swine flu has created the first global flu epidemic in 41 years.

Health officials say people in high-risk groups, such as children under age five, pregnant women and those with chronic medical conditions, need to be extra careful and see a doctor if they feel sick.

Ways you can help prevent the transmission of the H1N1 virus are:

  • Wash your hands frequently with soap and water or alcohol-based hand rub
  • Cover your mouth and nose when coughing or sneezing
  • Avoid close contact with those who are sick
  • Stay at home if you are sick

Influenza-like symptoms include fever, cough, sore throat, body aches, headache, chills and fatigue. Some people have reported diarrhea or vomiting associated with this virus.

Like seasonal flu, the H1N1 virus can vary in severity from mild to severe. This strain of influenza appears to be milder than the seasonal influenza.