Health Department Detects Two Additional Probable Cases of Swine Flu in Long Beach

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swine-flu-long-beachThe City of Long Beach Department of Health and Human Services (Health Department) has detected two additional probable cases of swine influenza.  Both patients went to local hospital emergency rooms with influenza like illness and were evaluated, tested and released home. One was prescribed Tamiflu. 

The Health Department will continue to monitor their progress in coordination with their medical provider. Their specimens have been sent to the State Laboratory for confirmation.  

Confirmation is still pending on the first probable case of swine influenza in Long Beach.  That student is recovering and said to be doing well.  The Health Department expects to receive the final results sometime over the weekend.

The Health Department website will be updated as new information is released regarding any cases of probable or confirmed swine flu in Long Beach.  Of the almost 50 specimens that have been tested in the Long Beach Public Health Laboratory to date, only 3 probable cases have been identified, but several have tested positive for human influenza A, indicating that the regular flu season is not over yet.

It is important for people to prevent the spread of this and any strain of influenza by remembering to practice healthy habits to prevent catching or spreading the flu by:

  • Wash hands with soap and water or a hand sanitizer frequently
  • Avoid close contact with people who are sick
  • Stay home from work or school if you are sick
  • Cover your mouth and nose with a tissue when you cough or sneeze, or cough or sneeze into clothing (sleeves)
  • Eat healthy food, drink plenty of water, exercise, get plenty of rest, do not smoke and avoid alcoholic beverages

Remember, if you are sick please see your physician and stay home from work or school.  Sick individuals should maintain good hand hygiene, washing your hands at least 20 seconds with warm water and soap frequently, and carefully covering coughs and sneezes.

To learn more about swine flu or more information, please visit www.longbeach.gov/health or the CDC websitewww.cdc.gov/swineflu.

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