Probable cases of H1N1 Flu rises to 35 in Washington State - Spokane, North Idaho News & Weather KHQ.com

Probable cases of H1N1 Flu rises to 35 in Washington State

SPOKANE, Wash. - The Spokane Regional Health District (SRHD) is reporting that the number of probable cases of H1N1 swine influenza has risen to 35 in Washington State, including the two cases in Spokane County. Washington State has recieved it's first shipment of antiviral medications from the Strategic National Stockpile.

The Health District said it is investigating contacts of the two likely cases, and believes that as this influenza appears to be spreading easily among people that additional cases in our community are likely. National public health officials say that so far there is no indication that the H1N1 is worse that the seasonal flu that circulates every year. However they caution H1N1 influenza is still something that people should take seriously; because although it causes mild illness in most people, more serious symptoms are possible.

The Health District is continuing to monitor the situation and illness reports in Spokane and said because the illness is easily spread, we can expect to see more H1N1 illness in our community. They are encouraging the  community to continue health practices, including covering coughs and sneezes, washing hands regularly and thoroughly, and staying home if sick.

The SRHD's Call Center will be reactivated if conditions warrant. A 24-hour line is available at 1-800-CDC-INFO. The Washington State Department of Health has launched a new menu-driven recorded line with basic information, symptoms, prevention, treatment and what to do if you're sick: 1-888-703-4364.

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