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Cases of H1N1 in N.C. top 100

Posted June 17, 2009 5:06 p.m. EDT

— There are more than 100 cases of the H1N1 virus sprinkled across North Carolina, largely in the eastern half of the state, according to an update released Wednesday by the state Department of Health.

The state ceased daily updates on the virus last week, opting instead for a weekly posting on the Internet.

Wednesday's update showed the greatest number of cases in Wake (18), Orange (13) and Johnston (11) counties. No other county had more than nine cases.

"We're now at the point where we are telling clinicians if they see flu-like illness, fever, cough, sore throat, that they should consider that to be H1N1 and act accordingly," said Dr. Megan Davies, with the N.C. Department of Health.

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.