by the San Bernardino County Department of Public Health due to a probable case of
swine flu. The final laboratory results have not been confirmed by the U.S. Centers
for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). Confirmation of the test will possibly be
available by Friday. The child is recovering at home and none of the other family
members have become ill. More detailed information cannot be released because of
privacy regulations but the school is contacting parents of their students.
There has been a confirmed case of Swine Influenza A (H1N1) on the Twentynine Palms
Marine Corps Base in the County. Testing was done by the military so the Department
of Public Health has no further information about the case.
"No other confirmed cases of this virus have been identified in San Bernardino
County at this time," stated Health Officer Maxwell Ohikhuare, M.D., with the
Department of Public Health. He stated that "the illness has been a mild form and
universal precautions are the best way to avoid infection."
Symptoms of swine flu are similar to common seasonal flu, including fever, cough,
sore throat, body aches, headache, chills and fatigue. Some people have reported
vomiting or diarrhea associated with swine flu. The public should contact their
health care provider for medical attention, as they would for any medical need. The
Department of Public Health clinics do not provide medical care for swine flu.
People with influenza virus infection should be considered potentially contagious as
long as they are symptomatic and possibly for up to 7 days following illness onset.
Children, especially younger children, might potentially be contagious for longer
periods of time.
It is important for parents with children in school to be prepared, and to consider
alternate plans for child care if their school is closed. There are no further
school dismissals under discussion, however, the situation may change if more cases
of swine flu are identified.
The San Bernardino County Department of Public Health will continue to closely
monitor the situation and will provide more information to the public, as available.
For more details on Swine Influenza A (H1N1) virus infection, call the Department
of Public Health at 1-800-782-4264. You can also access the U. S. Centers for
Disease Control and Prevention website at www.cdc.gov/flu/swine or call
Further information is available from the California Department of
Public Health website at www.cdph.ca.gov.
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