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The DHSS H1N1 information hotline will be open from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday, beginning tomorrow, due to a significant reduction in the number of calls.
The information line -- 866-321-9571 – was established to provide the general public with the most timely information available regarding the H1N1 flu outbreak in New Jersey. Since opening on April 29, the call center received more than 3,000 calls.
“We realized that the public would have a lot of concerns about a new flu virus that was spreading across the country and into New Jersey,” said Commissioner Heather Howard. “It is important for the public to have a place to receive reliable information that can be used to make health decisions about themselves and their family.”
Currently, New Jersey has 7 confirmed cases of H1N1 influenza and three probable cases, reflecting an additional probable case from yesterday’s count. The samples of the three probable cases are at the Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) for confirmatory testing.
Further updates on New Jersey cases will be posted on the DHSS website – www.nj.gov/health.
Currently, there are 896 confirmed cases in 43 states, according the CDC case count.
“The Department will continue to watch the H1N1 strain to better understand how this virus is evolving,” said Commissioner Howard. “It’s important for New Jersey residents to understand that while we have seen relatively small numbers in our state, it is crucial that we all remain vigilant and continue to practice good hygiene habits that prevent the spread of H1N1 and other flu-like illnesses.”
Also the Department continued to disseminate materials from the Strategic National Stockpile to sites throughout New Jersey. Materials were deployed to various sites statewide as a readiness initiative and we will continue to follow CDC guidance regarding when and if there is a need to disseminate materials.
Commissioner Howard continues to urge all New Jersey residents to take preventive measures to avoid getting sick. These include:
• Washing your hands frequently and thoroughly
• Covering coughs and sneezes
• Staying home from work or school if you are sick
The symptoms of swine flu in people are similar to the symptoms of regular human flu and include fever, cough, sore throat, body aches, headache, chills and fatigue. Some people have reported diarrhea and vomiting. Severe illness (pneumonia and respiratory failure) and deaths have been associated with swine flu in people, especially in Mexico for reasons that are not known. Like seasonal flu, swine flu might cause a worsening of underlying chronic medical conditions.
For more information on H1N1 Influenza, visit www.cdc.gov/swineflu or www.nj.gov/health.
Department of Health
P. O. Box 360, Trenton, NJ 08625-0360