First confirmed Swine Flu case in the Tri-State

Posted by Amber Jenkins- email

BUTLER COUNTY, OH (FOX19)-- The Butler County Health Department has received an official notice for a confirmed H1N1 case in the county Friday afternoon. Two suspected cases are being tested as well in two other counties.

Officials say a 30-year-old man has a travel history to Cancun, Mexico and is recovering at home. The illness was mild and did not have the need for medical attention.

Health officials say the have investigated the case and evaluated anyone who has come in contact with the man for prevention and treatment measures if they were needed.

Thereare also two probable cases of the H1N1 Flu in the Tri-State. The first case is in Warren County where a 40-year-old man  is suspected the have the virus. He was tested and samples were sent to the Ohio Department of Health lab. The results are expected to return  by next week.

The other case is in Kenton County involving a young adult female. She has not traveled  outside the area or been exposed to another case of the Swine flu according to the information that was given to the health department. She will have have sample sent to the Center for Disease Control  and Prevention for testing.

The Health Department says that symptoms of the H1N1 Flu are similar to seasonal influenza and may include coughing, diarrhea, fever, lack of appetite, lethargy, nausea, runny nose sore throat and vomiting.

The virus is mainly spread mainly from person-to-person by people coughing or sneezing with the flu. Sometimes people can be infected by touching something with flu viruses then touching the moth or nose.

Officials say always cover your mouth with tissue when sneezing or coughing, wash your hands with soap, avoid touching your eyes, nose, or mouth, and avoid contact with sick people.

There have been a total of 1639 cases in the U.S. with 7 coming from Ohio.

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