The Southwest Utah Public Health Department (SWUPHD)

received confirmation that a Kane County resident has tested positive

for Novel Influenza A H1N1 (Swine Flu). Several other suspect cases are

also being tested for the virus.

    The H1N1 virus first detected in April, has become a growing

outbreak in the United States and other countries. It spreads from

person-to-person, most likely through coughs, sneezes and contact

with infected surfaces. Since this is a new virus, people have no

immunity against it and a vaccine has not yet been developed.

Fortunately, most people who become infected have recovered without

hospitalization. That was also the case in Kane County.

    “You can prevent getting sick by good hand-washing”, says Susan

Little, nursing supervisor at the Kanab SWUPHD office. “Wash your

hands frequently, especially if you’ve been around sick people. Keep

your hands away from your eyes and face, and stay home if you are ill to

keep from spreading infection.”

    People with severe flu-like symptoms including fever, cough, body

aches, and vomiting should contact their health-care provider to get

treatment recommendations, especially if there are pre-existing health

problems.

    There are over 250 confirmed cases of H1N1 in Utah and one death. Updates on the flu outbreak can be accessed at www.swuhealth.org.