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Chatham County camp counselor diagnosed with H1N1

Posted June 23, 2009 9:38 p.m. EDT

— State health officials said Tuesday that a Chatham County summer camp counselor has been diagnosed with H1N1 flu.

The counselor is under the care of a physician and recuperating, officials said.

Families were notified of the possible exposure and what symptoms to be aware of in their children, officials said. The camp was also thoroughly cleaned and disinfected before the following week's camp began following Centers for Disease Control and Prevention guidelines.

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.