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Harrison County Health Department: 2 Dead from H1N1 Flu Strain

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The Harrison County Health Department has confirmed two people have died from the H1N1 influenza strain in the county.

Margaret Howe, Nurse Director at the Harrison County Health Department said people should be aware that there are thousands of H1N1 related fatalities nationwide that are not usually reported.

"If you have signs and symptoms of the flu, you should see your primary care provider as soon as possible," said Howe.

Washing your hands, staying home if you're sick, covering your mouth when you cough and getting the flu shot can help reduce your risk of getting the flu, said Howe.

United Hospital Center in Bridgeport has treated 6 patients for H1N1, said Mark Povroznik Chief Quality Officer and Chairman of Infection Control for UHC.  Povroznik said the current flu season appears to be similar to 2009, where medical professionals are seeing H1N1 in the younger-age population.

Flu symptoms include:

  • A 100 degree Fahrenheit or higher fever or feeling feverish (not everyone with the flu has a fever)
  • A cough and/or sore throat
  • A runny or stuffy nose
  • Headaches and/or body aches
  • Chills
  • Fatigue
  • Nausea, vomiting, and/or diarrhea (most common in children)
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