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299 Cases of Swine Flu Confirmed in New York State

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As of today, the Department of Health (DOH) is reporting 299 confirmed cases of novel influenza A H1N1 (swine flu) infections in New York State. This total represents 201 cases in New York City and 98 cases outside of New York City. Total laboratory-confirmed cases by county and New York City are posted daily on the DOH Web site.

The New York City Department of Health and Mental Hygiene (DOHMH) is reporting increased levels of influenza in many parts of New York City, and evidence suggests that the novel influenza A H1N1 is causing a large proportion of the city’s current flu cases. Except in special circumstances, DOHMH does not test people with flu to determine which type they may have.

DOH and DOHMH continue to update their guidance for hospitals. Below are links to the most current New York State updates.

  • DOH: Health Advisory: Update #4, issued May 7, replaces all previously released H1N1 virus health advisories. This guidance is intended for providers seeing patients outside of New York City.
  • DOHMH: Health Alert #17, issued May 12, provides an epidemiologic update on the outbreak in New York City, revised reporting requirements, revised guidance on diagnostic testing, revised guidance on antiviral treatment for influenza and febrile respiratory illness, and updated guidance on antiviral prophylaxis for exposures to influenza and febrile respiratory illness.
  • DOHMH: Novel H1N1 Influenza Q&A for Healthcare Providers

Health Provider Network (HPN) coordinators and others responsible for responding to Health Emergency Reporting Data System surveys should ensure that their information in the DOH Communication Directory is up to date. HANYS urges hospitals to regularly check HPN for additional information. Contact: Christopher Smith

Published May 20, 2009