Luis Hospital sees case of H1N1 flu


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ST. CROIX - Luis Hospital released a statement late Wednesday saying that a patient at the hospital has been confirmed to have H1N1 influenza.

The H1N1 flu virus - also known as "swine flu" - caused a world-wide pandemic in 2009, but is now a human seasonal flu virus that also circulates in pigs, according to information from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

The statement, which did not give the patient's condition, quotes Luis Hospital Interim Chief Executive Officer Dr. Kendall Griffith saying "the circumstances surrounding this case have been documented and the information has been submitted to the appropriate representatives at the Virgin Islands Department of Health.

"We will continue to provide any and all information to the department on such cases they work to ensure the public is adequately informed and protected this flu season."

According to the CDC, getting the flu vaccine is the best protection against the H1N1 influenza virus and other seasonal flus.

Symptoms of H1N1 are the same as seasonal flu and include fever, a cough or sore throat, headaches and body aches, chills and fatigue, according to the CDC.

The territory had scores of cases of H1N1 in 2009, including at least one death.

Persons who can be more vulnerable to influenza include children and infants, pregnant women, senior citizens, people who have certain chronic health conditions and people who have certain disabilities, according to the CDC.

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