32 Tasmanians now infected with swine flu

25/05/2018 Posted by admin

THIRTY-TWO Tasmanians have been infected by the Human Swine Flu virus as the number of confirmed cases in the state continues to rise.Acting director of Public Health Chrissie Pickin said in a media statement that another six cases of swine flu have been confirmed overnight, one in the North and five in the North West.”The statewide cumulative total now stands at 32, however 22 of those are considered active cases and remain in home isolation,” Dr Pickin said.Of the 32, 18 are in the North-West, eight in the North and five in the South.A North-West child carer has been cleared of swine flu but there are currently seven probable cases.”The gradual increase in cases is not unexpected, especially with families returning from Victoria after the school holidays.”Acting chief health officer David Boadle said case numbers presenting at Flu Clinics are continuing to fluctuate both day to day and across the State.”Around 100 people presented at clinics yesterday, including 48 in the South 34 at Hobart,” Dr Boadle said.”We have 50 people including doctors and nurses staffing clinics across the State each day.”They are supported by another 50 staff in mobile flu teams responding to cases at home.”Dr Boadle said the situation was being constantly monitored and additional staff called in as required.”While we apologise for any inconvenience, it is important that Tasmanians understand that delays will be unavoidable as the outbreak progresses.”People don’t have to book, they simply turn up.”Dr Pickin said the gradual increase in swine flu cases was not unexpected, especially with families returning from Victoria after the school holidays.”It is likely we will see further increases as the week progresses. “Our key messages for members of the public is to remain vigilant and to take responsibility for ensuring they follow proper hygiene and cough etiquette.”She said staying well is everyone’s responsibility and Tasmanians needed to take some simple steps to contain the spread of this new virus.These include:1. Wash your hands thoroughly with soap and warm water or use alcohol-based hand rub straight after coughing, sneezing or blowing your nose (before touching anything else) and before touching your eyes, nose, mouth, or anything that goes in your mouth.2. Always carry tissues, and cover a cough or sneeze with a tissue (rather than your hands).3. Throw used tissues away into suitable containers and perform hand hygiene immediately afterwards.4. Stand back from other people whenever possible keeping a distance of at least 1 metre reduces spread of disease.5. Stay at home if you are sick, and minimise contact with other people.6. Keep alert for further advice from the Department of Health and Human Services, and follow it closely.
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