According to LAist
, 11 cases of H1N1 (swine flu) have been reported in LA County. 3 were reported Saturday and today the number reached 11 across the county.
The LA County Dept. of Public Health is posting updates on its website
and offers the following tips:
* Cover your nose and mouth with a tissue when you cough or sneeze. Throw the tissue in the trash after you use it.
* Wash your hands often with soap and water, especially after you cough or sneeze. Alcohol-based hand cleaners are also effective.
* Try to avoid close contact with sick people.
* If you get sick with flu (symptoms include high fever 100 °F or above, sore throat, cough, body aches, tiredness), it is recommended that you stay home from work or school and limit contact with others to keep from infecting them.
* Avoid touching your eyes, nose or mouth. Germs spread this way.
* Avoid sharing personal items such as forks, spoons, toothbrushes and towels.
In the UK a nationwide campaign
has been distributing leaflets advising people to set up networks of neighbors, friends or relatives who would pick up medicine and other supplies in the event of someone having to stay at home due to flu.
The Center for Disease Control (CDC) publishes a Q&A
and prevention measures for the new virus. The CDC recommends
that schools "focus on early identification of ill students and staff, staying home when ill, and good cough and hand hygiene etiquette." Additional CDC recommendations for schools:
* School closure is not advised for a suspected or confirmed case of novel influenza A (H1N1) and, in general, is not advised unless there is a magnitude of faculty or student absenteeism that interferes with the school’s ability to function.
* Schools that were closed based on previous interim CDC guidance related to this outbreak may reopen.
* Students, faculty or staff with influenza-like illness (fever with a cough or sore throat) should stay home and not attend school or go into the community except to seek medical care for at least 7 days even if symptoms resolve sooner.
* Students, faculty and staff who are still sick 7 days after they become ill should continue to stay home from school until at least 24 hours after symptoms have resolved.
* Students, faculty and staff who appear to have an influenza-like illness at arrival or become ill during the school day should be isolated promptly in a room separate from other students and sent home.
* Parents and guardians should monitor their school-aged children, and faculty and staff should self-monitor every morning for symptoms of influenza-like illness.
* Ill students should not attend alternative child care or congregate in settings other than school.
* School administrators should communicate regularly with local public health officials to obtain guidance about reporting of influenza-like illnesses in the school.
* Schools can help serve as a focus for educational activities aimed at promoting ways to reduce the spread of influenza, including hand hygiene and cough etiquette.
* Students, faculty and staff should stringently follow sanitary measures to reduce the spread of influenza, including covering their nose and mouth with a tissue when coughing or sneezing (or coughing or sneezing into their sleeve if a tissue isn’t available), frequently washing hands with soap and water, or using hand sanitizer if hand washing with soap and water is not possible.