FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Connecticut Department of Public Health (860) 509-7270
May 26, 2009 Contact: William Gerrish
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Connecticut Department of Public Health
Hartford – The Connecticut Department of Public Health (DPH) today reported 29 new cases of novel H1N1 influenza (swine flu) among Connecticut residents of the following towns: Bridgeport, Granby, Greenwich, Manchester, New Haven, Norwalk, Prospect, Ridgefield, South Windsor, Southport, Stamford, Waterbury, Westport, and Wilton.
One Connecticut resident with confirmed novel H1N1 infection has been hospitalized. This patient was discharged from the hospital and has fully recovered.
A total of 141 confirmed cases have now been identified among Connecticut residents. Among the 141 cases, ages range from 3 to 56 (average 17 years); 64 are female and 77 are male. Cases are from the following counties: Fairfield, 99; Hartford, 14; Litchfield, 1; Middlesex, 2; New Haven, 21; New London, 2; and Tolland, 2. Laboratory-confirmed cases represent only a fraction of the likely number of cases in the state because many persons with mild symptoms do not seek care from a doctor or hospital but recover at home.
Cases have been confirmed in the following towns: Bolton (1), Bridgeport (2), Danbury (2), Darien (13), Derby (1), Easton (9), Fairfield (12), Glastonbury (1), Granby (3), Greenwich (16), Hamden (1), Hartford (1), Manchester (5), Middlefield (1), New Haven (2), North Branford (1), North Granby (1), Norwalk (4), Old Saybrook (2), Pawcatuck (1), Prospect (1), Redding (3), Ridgefield (18), Seymour (1), South Norwalk (1), South Windsor (1), Southbury (2), Southport (1), Stamford (4), Stratford (1), Tolland (1), Trumbull (1), Wallingford (1), Waterbury (11), West Hartford (1), Westport (3), Wethersfield (1), Wilton (9) and Woodbury (1).
DPH continues to ask residents to take precautions to prevent getting the flu or spreading it by staying home from work or school if they are sick, washing their hands frequently, and coughing or sneezing into their sleeve or a tissue.
For more information on swine flu:
· Connecticut Flu Watch: www.ct.gov/ctfluwatch/swineflu
· Connecticut Department of Public Health: www.ct.gov/dph
· Centers for Disease Control and Prevention: www.cdc.gov
· Call 211
The Connecticut Department of Public Health is the state’s leader in public health policy and advocacy with a mission to protect and promote the health and safety of the people of our state. To contact the department, please visit its website at www.ct.gov/dph or call (860) 509-7270.