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(News) Swine flu causes camp closure in Indiana

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While the swine flu, H1N1 virus, has fallen out of the headlines, new cases continue to reported in Indiana; so many in fact that, Camp Livingstoin Bennington, Indiana, has announced that it will close temporarily as a result of five confirmed cases today.

"After working closely with the Indiana State Department of Health, we made the difficult decision to close the camp for a minimum of seven days to break the cycle of infection among campers and staff," said Ben Davis, Camp Livingston Executive Director.

"The Indiana State Department of Health is working closely with all of our partners to monitor the health of those associated with Camp Livingston," said State Health Commissioner Judy Monroe, M.D. "We continue to follow the guidance and measures from the Centers for Disease Control and

Prevention to limit the spread of the virus."

"The health and safety of our campers and staff is our top priority, and we hope to be able to resume the first session of camp after this period of rest," said Michael Moskowitz, Camp Livingston Board President.

With more than 250 cases in the state thus far, Health Department officials are reminding Indiana residents to follow basic precautionary measures to prevent the spread of a cold, influenza, or any infectious disease, including:

· Cover your nose and mouth with a tissue when you cough or sneeze. Throw the tissue in the trash after you use it. Cough or sneeze into your sleeve, rather than your hands, if a tissue is not available.

· Wash your hands often with soap and water, especially after you cough or sneeze. Alcohol-based hands cleaners are also effective.

· Try to avoid close contact with sick people.

· If you get sick, stay home from work or school and limit contact with others to keep from infecting them.

Dr. Monroe recommends individuals with mild symptoms of influenza should stay home and call their health care provider for advice. If symptoms become severe, such as high fever, trouble breathing, or inability to keep down fluids, they should seek medical care.

For more information on the novel H1N1 influenza A virus, go to www.in.gov/flu.

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