May 1, 2009
Contact::Joy Alexiou Public Health Department
San Jose, CALIF. – Today, the Santa Clara County Public Health Department identified three more “probable” cases of H1N1 influenza virus (swine flu).
The cases are:
*18 year-old female from San Jose
*22 year-old male from Morgan Hill
*73 year-old female from San Jose who was hospitalized for five days and is now recovering at home.
Public Health nurses are conducting contact investigations for each probable case. To date, none of the probable County cases have been confirmed by the Centers for Disease Control (CDC). However, the County is treating probable cases as if they have been confirmed.
Yesterday, County Public Health announced the closing of four schools. Their current status is:
*Rucker Elementary in unincorporated San Martin was closed on a precautionary basis due to a suspected case that has now come back as not H1N1. Rucker elementary will reopen on Monday, May 4.
*Challenger, Delphi and Elan Espirit will re-open on Monday, May 11.
In addition, Branham High School, which closed on April 28, will reopen on Wednesday, May 6. There are no new school closures at this time.
The County is surveying 235 pharmacies around Santa Clara County to assess their supplies of Tamiflu and Relenza. The Public Health Department has received its full allocation of Tamiflu from the State, and has developed a plan and guidance protocols for distribution to hospitals, clinics and private physicians. The County is currently distributing supplies to local hospitals. It is recommended that these medications be used for people that are symptomatic.
County Public Health officials are advising residents to stay home if sick – do not go to work or school. Healthy people with no or mild flu symptoms and not in need of medical care are advised to stay away from medical offices, clinics and hospitals. Masks are recommended for those that have the flu symptoms such as coughing and sneezing. It is important that everyone exercises common sense precautions like covering your cough and washing your hands.
The Santa Clara County Public Health Department continues to conduct local surveillance, monitor the situation closely, and keep the public, medical community and other local agencies updated about the local H1N1 influenza situation.
For more information about H1N1 influenza virus, call the State influenza hotline at 1-888-865-0564.
For information in Spanish, visit http://www.cdc.gov/flu/swine/espanol/swine_espanol.htm