A new “probable” case of H1N1 flu has been reported in a 41 year old male from Santa Clara. As with previous cases, this “probable” case will be treated as a confirmed case of this new flu. Currently there are 18 cases of the new flu (H1N1) in Santa Clara County, seven confirmed cases and 11 probable cases.
As this new flu (H1N1) outbreak unfolded over the last two weeks, the Santa Clara County Public Health Department took a cautious approach to ensure the public’s health. Information gathered over the last week in Santa Clara County and elsewhere in the country shows that most U.S. cases have been mild and very much like seasonal influenza.
Dr. Marty Fenstersheib, Health Officer for Santa Clara County, has been pleased with the County’s response. “Two weeks ago, we didn’t know how quickly or easily this virus would spread, nor how severe it could become”, said Dr. Fenstersheib. “In our exercises and planning for pandemic flu, we always envisioned a ‘worse case scenario’ with a much more severe virus. Luckily, this has not occurred. While this is still a mild flu, it is still a new flu, to which people do not have immunity and there is no vaccine. Our community needs to continue to take common sense actions to protect their own health.”
Dr. Marty Fenstersheib has re-issued guidance to school district superintendents based on the CDC’s recommendations. The Public Health Department will no longer routinely close schools and childcare centers if a case of the new flu virus is identified. Instead, the focus will be on keeping INDIVIDUAL students and staff, with flu symptoms, out of school.
Additional cases of the new flu continue to be identified and Dr. Fenstersheib is reminding the public to remain vigilant in monitoring and protecting their health:
For information about the new flu virus, H1N1, please call the California Department of Public Health toll-free hotline at 1-888-865-0564 (Monday – Friday from 7 a.m. to 6 p.m. and Saturday/Sunday from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m.).