Thursday, September 24th, 2009

The Morris County Division of Health Management continues to keep an eye out for any signs of an outbreak of the H1N1 influenza, as well as seasonal flu.

Health officials said in New Jersey, influenza typically occurs any time between October through early April, with the peak season occurring during January and February.

The symptoms of H1N1, or swine flu, are similar to the symptoms of seasonal flu and include fever, cough, sore throat, runny or stuffy nose, body aches, headache, chills and fatigue. Some people have reported diarrhea and vomiting associated with H1N1 influenza. Also, like seasonal flu, severe disease and death has occurred as a result of illness associated with this virus.

Peter Summers, Morris County Health Officer, said thorough and frequent hand washing and covering coughs or sneezes are among the best ways to slow the spread of illness and to stay healthy.

Summers said any municipal health department can provide additional information or answer questions regarding the H1N1 Influenza.

Individuals may also visit the Morris County Health Management Web site, http://www.morrishealth.org, where links to other resources, including the New Jersey Department of Health and Human Services and the federal Centers for Disease Control may be found.