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Taney County residents are being urged to practice good handwashing after the H1N1 virus was confirmed there this week. KSMU’s Michele Skalicky has more…
The Taney County Health Department received confirmation Monday of two laboratory confirmed cases of 2009 novel H1N1 Influenza A in Taney County teenagers.
Health Department spokesperson Jean Mueller says they weren't surprised by the news...
"We were expecting this to occur because the H1N1 influenza is really identified all over the United States."
The first cases of the H1N1 virus in Greene County were confirmed in July.
Mueller says the best protection against the illness is good handwashing...
"The most important and proven is to wash your hands often using soap and water and washing your hands for 20 seconds and always remembering to do that before you eat, after you use the restroom, any of those obvious times that you would wash your hands, but just do it more frequently during this heightened season of both the seasonal flu and the anticipated greater incidents of the H1N1."
To prevent the spread of the disease, cover your mouth when you cough or sneeze, and if you develop flu-like symptoms, stay home until you've been fever-free without medication for 24 hours.
Mueller says the Taney County Health Department has been reviewing its plans for the H1N1, and they're working with businesses and schools in the community to help them prepare.
For KSMU News, I'm Michele Skalicky.