Swine flu cases now at 34 in Tasmania

29/05/2018 Posted by admin

TWO more Tasmanians have been confirmed as infected with the Human Swime Flu virus as the number of cases reaches 34.One new case has been reported in the State’s South and the second is a person who has travelled to Tasmania from interstate and has since become unwell, the Department of Health and Human Services said in media statement.There are now 16 probable cases.The statewide cumulative total of confirmed cases stands at 34 and 30 are considered active cases and remain in home isolation (including the probable cases).A number of people are no longer in home isolation because their infectious period has passed.Of the 34 confirmed cases to date, 18 have been in the NW, 8 in the North, 6 in the South and 2 from interstate.Message to the public:Health Authorities are working hard to contain the spread of this new virus.All Tasmanians are asked to remain vigilant for signs of Human Swine Flu particularly fever and cough or sore throat.Anyone who does have those symptoms and who has been in Victoria or an affected area overseas, or who has had contact with someone who has suspected or confirmed Human Swine Flu within the past 7 days should contact 1800 FLU DOC (1800 358 362).Staying well is everyones responsibility and we need Tasmanians 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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