For Immediate Release: May 9, 2009
Media Contact: Communication Office
Vermont Department of Health
BURLINGTON - The Vermont Department of Health has confirmed the state's first case of influenza A (H1N1).
A clinical sample from an Orleans County adult was confirmed as positive for novel H1N1 Influenza A (or swine flu) by the Centers for Disease Control & Prevention in Atlanta.
The individual was not hospitalized and is recovering well.
Vermont becomes the 43rd state in the nation (includes the District of Columbia) to report a laboratory confirmed case of swine flu. As of May 8, CDC is reporting 1,639 confirmed cases and two deaths nationwide.
Vermonters are urged to continue to take the following precautions to avoid spreading illness:
- Cover your mouth and nose every time you cough or sneeze.
- Use a tissue when possible and throw it in the trash after use.
- Wash your hands often and well. (Wash for as long as it takes to sing the "ABC" song.)
- If you're sick, stay home from work or school, for at least 7 days, even if symptoms go away.
Extensive information about H1N1 swine flu or other health concerns is available at the Health Department's website: www.healthvermont.gov or dial 2-1-1.