Three Swine Flu Cases Identified in Maine

As of 12:30 PM April 29, 2009, 3 probable cases of H1N1 Influenza (“Swine Flu”) were identified in Maine.

Two of the individuals are residents of Kennebec County and the third is a resident of York County. All are non-elderly adults. Samples from the three were tested this morning at Maine CDC’s Health and Environmental Testing Laboratory (HETL). The samples will be submitted to the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention for final confirmation, which is highly likely. The cases are currently being investigated by Maine CDC infectious disease epidemiologists. The most important strategies to minimize swine flu’s impact in Maine are those of vigilant respiratory hygiene: covering coughs and sneezes with sleeves or elbows; washing hands frequently; and staying home if ill, especially with a fever. Additionally, everyone should stay informed since this event is rapidly changing and resulting guidance is as well. The U.S. CDC’s website has updated national information and guidance, and can be found at: http://www.cdc.gov/swineflu/. Maine CDC’s website has updated Maine-specific information, including daily updates starting later today, as well as links to federal information. It can be located at: http://www.maine.gov/dhhs/boh/swine-flu-2009.shtml or found on the Maine CDC’s homepage: www.mainepublichealth.gov.