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Swine Flu Update - May 1, 2009 4:15 pm

posted May 11, 2009, 12:27 PM by Santa Clara County Public Health Dept   [ updated Sep 4, 2009, 12:06 PM ]

It is important to remember that healthy people who are not ill, injured and not in need of medical care, should stay away from medical offices, clinics and hospitals.  Please take common sense precautions like covering your cough and washing your hands.

Local Situation

As of May 1, 2009 (4:15 pm), the Public Health Department Laboratory has 9 probable cases of swine flu cases. Yesterday's 7th case, the 1 highly suspect case, does not have influenza. (See Rucker below.)

The three new cases include:

  • 18 years old - female, San Jose
  • 22 years old - male, Morgan Hill
  • 73 years old - female, San Jose, hospitalized for 5 days, now recovering at home

Schools update:

  • Delphi Academy & Elan Espirit Preschool, 890 Pomeroy Avenue, Santa Clara will reopen May 11, 2009;
  • Challenger School, 730 Camina Escuela, San Jose will reopen May 11, 2009;
  • Branham High School will reopen May 6, 2009;
  • Rucker Elementary in unincorporated in San Martin will reopen May 4, 2009.

The Rucker school was initially closed because of the 1 highly suspect case plus additional sick children at that school, but that case has come back negative. As a result, Rucker will reopen Monday, May 4, 2009.

The Public Health Department continues to conduct local surveillance, monitor the situation closely, and inform the public, medical community and other local agencies about the outbreak of swine flu. 

National Situation

On April 29, 2009, the World Health Organization raised its pandemic alert for swine flu to level 5, the second highest level. As defined by the World Health Organization, a phase 5 alert means there is sustained transmission among people in at least two countries. Once the virus shows effective transmission in two different regions of the world, a full pandemic outbreak (level 6) would be declared, meaning a global epidemic of a new and deadly disease.

As of April 27th, the CDC issued a travel warning which recommends that U.S. travelers avoid all nonessential travel to Mexico. If you must travel to an area that reported cases of swine flu please refer the CDC website for more information at http://wwwn.cdc.gov/travel/contentSwineFluMexico.aspx

For more information about swine fluFor information about H1N1 (Swine) Flu please call the California Public Health Department toll-free hotline at 1-888-865-0564 (Monday - Friday from 7 am to 6 pm and Saturday/Sunday from 8 am to 4 pm).

For more information about H1N1 (Swine) Flu, visit http://www.cdc.gov/h1n1flu

For information in Spanish, visit http://www.cdc.gov/swineflu/espanol/influenza-porcina-datos.htm