WCPHD's response to H1N1 influenza A (also known as swine flu)
The WCPHD is actively working with hospitals and health care providers to promptly identify and investigate potential cases of H1N1 influenza A and to assure that appropriate treatment and measures to prevent transmission to others are used.
It is not possible to predict at this time if the H1N1 influenza outbreak will worsen or remain mild during the fall and winter of 2009. Public Health is working hard to ensure our community is prepared in case the situation becomes more serious.
What has the Washtenaw County Public Health Dept. done to prepare for a possible influenza pandemic?
Focused on the needs of vulnerable populations.
- Met and continue to meet with community partners to ensure coordination in the event of a pandemic.
- Educating the public about H1N1 influenza, including what symptoms to look out for.
Our Monitoring and Surveillance Activities:
Actively alerting health care providers, hospitals, and clinical laboratories about H1N1 influenza and asking them to contact Public Health immediately if they suspect H1N1 influenza in a patient.
Working with hospitals and healthcare providers to identify unusual cases of illness that might be due to H1N1 influenza.
Tracking the amount of emergency department visits for influenza like illness and pneumonia
Symptoms of H1N1 influenza:
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