MORE HAWAI'I SWINE FLU CASES SUSPECTED
Date: May 06, 2009
The Honolulu Advertiser reports two more cases of swine flu are suspected on Oahu, pending confirmation by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention in Atlanta.
Confirmation could come as early as Friday, state Health Department spokeswoman Janice Okubo told the newspaper.
The two adults are under voluntary home confinement and "they still have some minor illness," Okubo said. "But they're recovering at home."
Okubo did not know whether the adults are related or recently traveled to Mexico or Mainland states that also have confirmed cases.
The most effective ways to protect yourself and others from novel H1N1 and seasonal flu are by staying home if you’re sick, coughing or sneezing into your sleeve, inside of your upper arm or elbow, or a tissue, and washing your hands frequently with soap and water.”
Anyone experiencing flu-like symptoms, especially those who have traveled to the mainland United States or Mexico, should call a doctor and isolate themselves from other people. Proper hand-washing can help prevent contracting the virus, and people should cover their cough or sneeze.
For questions about novel H1N1 flu, possible symptoms, travel information or other issues related to this illness residents may call 1-866-767-5044 ext. 3 between 7 a.m. and 7 p.m. Monday through Friday, and on weekends from 9 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. For more information on swine flu, visit www.hawaii.gov/health or the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) at www.cdc.gov/swineflu.