PUBLIC HEALTH DIVISION
PUBLIC HEALTH DIVISION
831-454-3408 (media only) May 4, 2009†††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† Email:
For Immediate Release:†††††††††††††††††††††† Contact: Dinah Phillips, Public Information Officer
†††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† Phone: 831-454-3408 (media only)
May 4, 2009†††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† Email: Dinah.Phillips@co.santa-cruz.ca.us
As of today, May 4th, 2009, NO cases of H1N1 have been identified in Santa Cruz County. At this time, most cases in the United States continue to be mild.
∑ 107 specimens have been sent to the Santa Clara Public Health laboratory as of noon today. Confirmation of test results may take up to 7 days or longer due to the large number of samples that have been submitted for testing to the Santa Clara County regional testing site.
∑ Santa Cruz County Public Health continues activation of its Departmental Operations Center to coordinate its response to this public health threat, including enhanced surveillance, increased laboratory testing, and increased communication/guidance to health care providers and the public.
Seeking Medical Care
∑ People with mild illness should NOT go to emergency rooms, urgent care or hospitals for treatment.
∑ Keep Emergency Rooms and Hospitals free to treat serious illnesses.
∑ Please do not request antiviral medication for routine illnesses - providers will prescribe treatments based on symptoms and possible exposure. There is still regular seasonal flu in California, and these antivirals will not be effective with normal flu.
∑ If you have flu-like symptoms call your health care provider and let them know of any possible exposure.† Wear a mask before you enter your providerís office. Your health care provider will make an assessment and decide if you need a test for Swine Flu.
Recommendations for Preventing the Flu
∑ First and foremost--Stay home when you are sick. This will prevent others from catching your illness. Only seek medical care if you have the following symptoms: fever, lethargy, muscle pains, coughing and sore throat and have traveled to an affected area and/or have been exposed to a possibly infected person within the last 7 days.†
∑ Avoid close contact with others as much as possible (two arm lengths away.)
∑ Avoid close contact with people who are sick.
∑ Cover your mouth and nose when sneezing or coughing.
∑ Wash your hands frequently.
∑ Avoid touching your eyes, nose or mouth.
The California Department of Public Health (CDPH) has activated a toll-free swine flu hotline in English and Spanish. Assistance in other languages is also available. The phone number is 1-888-865-0564. CDPH's swine flu hotline is available Monday through Friday, from 7 a.m. to 6 p.m., and on weekends from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m.