Tuesday, July 7, 2009

US Air Force Confirms Cases of H1N1 (Swine Flu) in Elmendorf Community

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News from the U.S. Air Force.

News in Balance:

ELMENDORF AIR FORCE BASE, Alaska, July 7, 2009 -- Officials from the Alaska State Public Health Laboratory and Air Force School of Aerospace Medicine Laboratory confirmed several cases of 2009 H1N1 influenza virus in the community here July 6.

The patients did not require hospitalization and have made full recoveries.

These cases have had no impact on operations at Elmendorf Air Force Base. With a growing number of cases of H1N1 flu in the Anchorage area, it is expected that there will be cases in the military community.

"Here in Alaska, we're taking the necessary precautions to ensure military members, civilian employees and their families are safeguarded from this disease," said Col. Paul Friedrichs, the 3rd Medical Group, commander. "If personnel are experiencing symptoms, which include fever, cough, sore throat, body aches, or other symptoms that are similar to those of common flu, they should contact their health care provider."

(Report from a U.S. Air Force news release.)

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