Swine flu cases in Ala. on the rise

Posted by: Matt Stanley - bio | email

MONTGOMERY, AL (WSFA) - The number of Swine flu cases in Alabama just keeps rising. Wednesday, the Department of Public Health identified seven more "probable" cases bringing the total number to 25.

The total number also includes four confirmed cases of Swine flu or the H1N1 virus.  Twenty-one of those are in Madison county.  They include 20 children under the age of 13 and an adult elementary school teacher.  Montgomery, Jefferson, Pike and Shelby counties report one case each.

The Centers for Disease Control is now recommending implementation of measures that focus on keeping all students, faculty and staff with symptoms out of school and child care facilities during their period of illness when they are potentially infectious.

According to the health department, since the symptoms are similar to traditional flu, if you are ill you should isolate yourself from others for at least seven days.

Just like the flu those most at risk for Swine flu are children, the elderly, pregnant women and those with chronic medical problems.

For more information on the H1N1 virus, log on to www.adph.org.

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