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8 Cases of Swine Flu confirmed in Bell County


by Patrick Tolbert

BELL COUNTY - The Bell County Public Health District announced Friday morning that there are 8 confirmed cases of H1N1 Swine Flu in Bell County.

Texas Department of State Health Services Commissioner David Lakey, M.D., urged students and their parents to continue to take precautions to reduce the risk of spreading H1N1 flu despite the end of the school year.

The health district has outlined the following steps you can take to avoid getting the flu:

  • Stay home if you have influenza-like symptoms or other symptoms of respiratory illness.
  • Cough or sneeze into the crook of your elbow or into a tissue and properly dispose of the tissue.
  • Wash hands frequently and thoroughly with soap and warm water or use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer.
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose or mouth to reduce the risk that germs on your fingers enter your body.

Symptoms of H1N1 flu usually include high fever with a cough, sore throat or both. Some with H1N1 flu also have reported extreme tiredness, nausea, vomiting and diarrhea.

Staff in child-care centers, which will be taking in additional children during the summer, should make sure children follow precautions to reduce the risk of spreading the flu.

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