Mercer County has a confirmed H1N1 case

Staff Writer
Aledo Times Record

Mercer County Health Department reported the first confirmed case of H1N1 (swine) flu in the county on June 12. An adult male in Mercer County is the first confirmed case of H1N1 flu the county has seen. Although this does not require residents change what they've already been doing, it is necessary reminder that H1N1 flu remains active in the state of Illinois.

The Health Department urges residents to continue precautions to avoid getting sick.

These include:

• Washing your hands with soap and water - especially after you cough and sneeze.

• Cover your nose and mouth with a tissue when you cough and sneeze.

• Avoid touching your eyes, nose or mouth - that's how germs spread.

• If you get sick - stay home from work and limit your contact with other people to avoid infecting them. Parents should follow these same recommendations for their children.

Like seasonal flu, some people may be at greater risk for flu complications include pregnant women, children younger than five years old, people with chronic medical conditions and people 65 years and older. Examples of chronic conditions include diabetes, heart and lung disease.

Mercer County residents who become ill with influenza-like symptoms, including fever, body aches, runny or stuffy nose, sore throat, nausea, vomiting or diarrhea should stay home and avoid contact with other people as much as possible. Persons with severe illness or persons identified above as high risk, should contact their health care provider or seek medical care.