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Evanston swine flu cases double

Since last Thursday the number of confirmed H1N1 Influenza A cases in Evanston has more than doubled — from eight to 18.


Since last Thursday the number of confirmed H1N1 Influenza A cases in Evanston has more than doubled — from eight to 18.

But health officials say all the people with the illness, commonly called swine flu, have either fully recovered or are on their way to recovery with no serious complications.

Carl Caneva, acting director of Evanston’s Health and Human Services Department, says those who’ve come down with the flu here range in age from 2 to 55 years old.

The symptoms of the H1N1 flu virus in people are similar to the symptoms of seasonal flu and include fever, cough, sore throat, runny or stuffy nose, body aches, headache, chills and fatigue. A significant number of people who have been infected with this virus also have reported diarrhea and vomiting.

“While the number of citizens infected with this new influenza is less than one quarter of one percent of the overall city population, residents should always be proactive in protecting their health,” Caneva said.

“Residents can follow some very basic public health tips to either keep from getting this flu or from spreading it: wash your hands frequently, cover your mouth when sneezing or coughing, and stay home if you are sick so as not to spread the illness.”

If you have a school aged child who is sick, keep them home from school as not to infect other children,” he added.

At this time the City of Evanston’s Health and Human Services Department, following guidance from the federal Centers for Disease Control, is recommending that the primary means of reducing the spread of influenza in schools is to focus on early identification of ill students and staff, staying home when ill, and good cough and hand hygiene etiquette.

More information is available from the CDC and the state health department.

Persons with questions can call Evanston Health and Human Services at 847-866-2969.

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