January 31, 2020
On January 27, 2020 the initial screening of an individual seeking medical attention revealed a travel history and physical symptoms that met established the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) criteria for novel coronavirus investigation. In consultation with Indiana State Department of Health (ISDH), the patient was hospitalized, infection control protocols were implemented. Subsequently, laboratory testing performed by the (CDC) was negative for the presence of the novel coronavirus. The individual’s condition improved and the individual was discharged today, with no further risk to the public.
The successful handling of this situation is attributable to the collaboration with local, state and federal agencies charged with preserving and protecting public health and safety. If and when a similar event develops, the same collaboration will be employed.
Dr. Maria Stamp
Porter County Health Officer
ABOUT – INFLUENZA
Flu is an illness caused by influenza viruses that infect the respiratory tract. The illness can be mild to severe and can cause death. Although anyone can become infected with the flu, the young, elderly and those with compromised health issues are at a greater risk for hospitalization and complications. Every year 3,000 to 49,000 people die of influenza and problems from the disease. About 90% of influenza-associated deaths occur in people age 65 and older.
Symptoms usually include:
- Sore Throat
- Muscle Aches
- Diarrhea & nausea occasionally in children
HOW IS IT SPREAD?
- Through contact with infected person
- Touching surfaces/objects that have flu virus on them
- Touching eyes, nose, mouth
- Breathing in droplets from a sneeze or cough
HOW TO PREVENT INFLUENZA?
- Getting flu shot every year
ABOUT - CORONAVIRUS
A newly discovered respiratory virus that can cause infections in humans. First reported in December of 2019 in Wuhan, Hubei Province, China.
- Shortness of breath
HOW IS IT SPREAD?
- Through the air by coughing and sneezing
- Close contact with infected person by touching, shaking hands
- Touching an infected object where virus is on it, then touching mouth/nose/eyes before washing hands
- Rarely, fecal contamination
HOW TO PROTECT YOURSELF?
- Wash your hands often with soap, for 20 seconds
- Avoid touching eyes, nose or mouth with unwashed hands
- Avoid close contact with people who are sick
- Cover your mouth, nose, with tissue when coughing, sneezing, then wash hands
- Clean and disinfect objects and surfaces.
WHAT IS THE TREATMENT?
- Take pain medication
- Use room humidifier or take hot shower to help ease a sore throat and cough
- Drink plenty of water
- Call your physician if illness persist