posted May 12, 2009, 5:52 PM by Santa Clara County Public Health Dept
updated May 12, 2009, 5:53 PM
An additional six new “probable” cases of H1N1 flu have been identified in Santa Clara County:
- A 16-year old female from Santa Clara
- A 17-year-old female from San Jose
- A 36-year-old female from Sunnyvale
- A 19-year old male from San Jose
- A 19-year old female from San Jose
- A 14-year old male from San Jose
There are now 11 confirmed cases and 13 probable cases in Santa
Clara County for a total of 24 cases. Dr. Marty Fenstersheib, Health
Officer for Santa Clara County, continues to advise the public to
remain vigilant in monitoring and protecting health:
- If sick persons exhibit a fever and any of the following: stuffy
nose, sore throat, and/or coughing they should stay at home and limit
contact with healthy persons.
- Sick persons should stay home for at least 7 days after they first
show flu symptoms or until they stop having any symptoms, whichever is
- Sick persons should try to stay away from people who are well. It
is especially important to stay away from those who may be more likely
to get very sick, like infants and young children, the elderly,
pregnant women, or those with chronic diseases.
- If you are sick, think about wearing a surgical mask so that you
don’t spread the virus to others. And wash your hands frequently for
the same reason – so that you don’t spread the flu to others.
- Change and throw away masks when they become moist.
- If the sick person is not wearing a mask, they should cover their mouth and nose with tissues when coughing or sneezing.
- Limit the number of people taking care of the sick family member.
- Caregivers should wash their hands after they have contact with the sick person.
- Keep windows open to circulate air.
- Keep common area surfaces clean.
- Do not have visitors in your home while the person is sick.
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.) or the Public Health Information
Line at 408-885-3980.
On the web, for more information about the new flu virus (H1N1), visit www.cdc.gov/h1n1flu or for Spanish, visit http://www.cdc.gov/h1n1flu/espanol/.