The swine flu other wise known as H1N1 virus, has claimed the life of a Wilson County woman recently. This was confirmed by the Wilson County Health Department on Wednesday of last week.
Although specific information about the victim and the circumstances leading up to the death has not been released, there have been at least 11 cases in Wilson County alone. The H1N1 virus was first identified in April, and since then there have been 37,000 confirmed cases in the U.S. and 211 deaths. There have been 395 confirmed cases of H1N1 in North Carolina, and 11 cases in Wilson County.
The H1N1 virus has Influenza-like symptoms which include fever, cough, sore throat, body aches, headache, chills and fatigue. Some people have reported diarrhea or vomiting associated with this flu. Like seasonal flu, the H1N1 virus can vary in severity from mild to severe.
Here are some ways to help prevent the transmission of the H1N1 virus:
- Washing your hands frequently with soap and water or by using an alcohol-based hand sanitizer.
- Covering your mouth and nose when coughing or sneezing.
- Avoiding close contact with those who are sick.
- Staying at home if you are sick.
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