HEALTH DEPARTMENT CONFIRMS FIRST H1N1 CASE IN NEW HAVEN PUBLIC SCHOOLS

Original Date: 
Wed, 2009-06-03

 
 
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
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NEW HAVEN – The State Department of Public Health (DPH) in collaboration with the New Haven Department of Health confirmed the first case of the H1N1 flu virus to affect the New Haven school district.  All cases in New Haven being monitored by the New Haven Health Department have been mild in nature with a return to full health in a relatively short time.
 
The New Haven Health Department continues to be the lead on this health issue and they have not recommended any school closures.  All New Haven schools remain open and students and staff can continue to attend school, as long as they are not sick and do not have flu-like symptoms, including fever (over 100 degrees F.), cough, sore throat, runny nose or stuffy nose. Additional symptoms include muscle pain, fatigue, and sometimes vomiting or diarrhea.  If a child is experiencing any flu-like symptoms, it is important that he or she remain home until the child has been well for two days.
 
New Haven Public School’s Chief Operating Officer, Will Clark, says “We do not anticipate any serious incidents as all indications point to very mild cases.”
 
The New Haven Public School system is in daily contact with the New Haven Health Department and monitoring the situation very closely.
 
 
 
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