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County Executive Leopold Keeps Hotline Open as One H1N1 (Swine) Flu Case is Confirmed by CDC

Confirmed case is a toddler, not a student at Folger McKinsey

Annapolis (May 4, 2009) - County Executive John R. Leopold today said that he would continue to work with federal state and local health officials and keep the County’s hotline running with the news that the U.S. Centers for Disease Control (CDC) has confirmed a case of H1N1 (Swine) Flu in Anne Arundel County.

"The test results do not alter the measures that have already been taken, including closing Folger McKinsey Elementary School and setting up a hotline to keep the public informed," County Executive Leopold said. "We are following federal recommendations and remaining cautious as medical experts develop a better understanding of the issue and refine their guidance."

The CDC is conducting tests on samples of the additional probable cases in the County to determine if they are positive for H1N1. Citizens with any questions can call the County’s hotline at 410-222-7343, which will remain in operation from 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. Monday through Friday and 7:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. on weekends.

"The important steps to remember are what your mother always taught you: Wash your hands and cover your mouth when you sneeze," said Dr. Edward Van Oeveren. "If you or your child becomes ill, call your private doctor and stay home from work and school."

County schools Superintendent Dr. Kevin M. Maxwell said the school system is continuing daily discussions with health officials to determine the best course of action with regard to reopening Folger McKinsey Elementary School. The earliest the school will reopen is Thursday, May 7, but a definite date has not yet been established.

"We will continue to heed the advice of local, state, and national health officials and do what is in the best interests of our children, parents, and employees," Dr. Maxwell said. "I appreciate the way our parents have responded to this situation and the measures they are taking to help contain the spread of this illness."

Important Links:

> Anne Arundel County Department of Health Website
> Anne Arundel Medical Center - Information about the Swine Flu
> Governor O'Malley Opens Maryland Swine Flu Command Center
> Center for Disease Control and Prevention

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