Health News: Flu cases up 800 percent over last year

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SAFFORD — There are 30 confirmed cases of flu in Graham County . . . for right now.

“It’s changing daily — we’re still getting updates — but as of right now (Thursday morning), we have 30 confirmed cases,” said Brian Douglas, Graham County Department of Health director. “And that’s just the tip of the iceberg. Those are the people that seek out medical help and were tested. A lot that are sick are just staying home and not going to their doctor.”

The Arizona Department of Health Services is reporting that flu “is widespread in Arizona, with 2,629 more cases reported than this time last year.”

Preventative actions to stop the spread of germs

• Try to avoid close contact with sick people.

• While sick, limit contact with others as much as possible to keep from infecting them.

• If you are sick with flu-like illness, stay home for at least 24 hours after your fever is gone except to get medical care or for other necessities. Fever should be gone for 24 hours without the use of a fever-reducing medicine.

• Cover your nose and mouth with a tissue when you cough or sneeze. Throw the tissue in the trash after you use it.

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• Wash your hands often with soap and water. If soap and water are not available, use an alcohol-based hand rub.

• Avoid touching your eyes, nose and mouth. Germs spread this way.

• Clean and disinfect surfaces and objects that may be contaminated with germs like the flu.

Source: eacourier

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