South Bend, Washington – Swine flu has reached Pacific County with one case being confirmed in the north end of the county. While nationwide influenza like illness surveillance is trending downward, localized outbreaks are ongoing and it's likely that such outbreaks will continue over the summer. The Pacific County Public Health and Human Services Department is continuing to monitor the situation in the area and will provide updates as necessary. The Pacific County Public Health and Human Services Department would like to remind you to protect yourself against the flu. Please continue to use common-sense measures: stay home if you are sick, avoid close contact, and practice hand hygiene. As always, persons with a respiratory illness (fever of over 100°, cough, and/or sore throat) should stay home from work or school to avoid spreading influenza and other respiratory illnesses to others. Here are some tips to keep from spreading your germs to others, and to keep from catching someone else’s germs. Keep your germs to yourself: · Cover your nose and mouth with a tissue when sneezing, coughing or blowing your nose. · Discard used tissues in the trash as soon as you can. · Always wash your hands after sneezing, blowing your nose, or coughing, or after touching used tissues or handkerchiefs. Wash hands often if you are sick. · Use warm water and soap or alcohol-based hand sanitizers to wash your hands. · Try to stay home if you have a cough and fever. · See your doctor as soon as you can if you have a cough and fever, and follow their instructions. Take medicine as prescribed and get lots of rest. · If asked, use face masks provided in your doctor’s office or clinic’s waiting room. Follow office or clinic staff instructions to help stop the spread of germs. Keep the germs away: · Wash your hands before eating, or touching your eyes, nose or mouth. · Wash your hands after touching anyone who is sneezing, coughing or blowing their nose. · Don’t share things like towels, lipstick, toys, or anything else that might be contaminated with respiratory germs. · Don’t share food, utensils or beverage containers with others. If you need additional information about swine flu there is 24 hour information available in both English and Spanish at 888-703-4363. You may also contact the Pacific County Public Health and Human Services Department at (360) 875-9343 or (360) 642-9349. Updated information will be posted on the county website as it becomes available at www.co.pacific.wa.us. Information may also be obtained through the Washington State Department of Health website at www.doh.wa.gov/swineflu or the Center for Disease Control website at www.cdc.gov/h1n1flu.