Folger McKinsey Elementary will be closed next week
Annapolis (May 2, 2009) - Anne Arundel County Executive John R. Leopold and Health Officer Edward L. Van Oeveren, M.D., M.P.H., today urged County residents to continue practicing basic flu prevention measures, as the Maryland Department of Health and Mental Hygiene reported two new probable cases of H1NI (Swine) flu in Anne Arundel County.
This latest finding brings the County’s total number of probable H1N1 flu cases to five. The five residents were not hospitalized and they have recovered. One of the recently reported cases is a family member of the three cases identified previously, and the other is a student at Folger McKinsey Elementary School in Severna Park. The school will be closed at least until May 7 based on guidance issued by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control (CDC) on May 1.
“Every recommended precaution is being taken, and we urge County residents to practice basic flu prevention measures as we go about our day-to-day activities,” County Executive Leopold said.
“The new probable cases do not change our County’s public health recommendations or the actions that have already been implemented, including closing the school to help prevent further exposure,” Dr. Van Oeveren said. “It is important that everyone continue to practice good hygiene and to monitor yourself and your children for symptoms of flu. Should such symptoms develop, you should contact your health care provider by telephone and should also advise the Health Department of the situation.”
Symptoms of H1N1 flu are a fever over 100 degrees coupled with a sore throat or cough. Individuals with those symptoms should consult with their doctor and recover at home. Unless there is a medical emergency, going directly to the hospital is not recommended. No cases have been confirmed by the CDC.
For more information about the H1N1 flu and low-cost health care resources, call the Anne Arundel County Department of Health’s Flu Information Line at (410) 222-7343 from 9 a.m. to 9 p.m., Sunday, May 3, and from 7:30 a.m. to 10 p.m. Monday through Friday. Residents can also visit www.aahealth.org or www.aacounty.org for up-to-date information.