Update: As of noon today, Thursday, April 30, there has been only one confirmed case of swine flu (H1N1) in Indiana. That case involved a student at Notre Dame, who has completely recovered. There are no new confirmed cases, though test continue to be ongoing for suspected cases. The Indiana State Department of Health (ISDH) announced today that they have confirmed at least one case of swine flu in Indiana. At a press conference this morning, state health officials said test results from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention have confirmed a case of North American Human Influenza A (H1N1) in northern Indiana. While no other information about the specific case has been released, officials are continuing to test for additional cases, as well as remind all residents of the precautions necessary to prevent the spread of the virus. "We advise Hoosiers to practice normal precautions to avoid influenza and other respiratory diseases, such as frequent hand washing and covering your nose and mouth with a tissue when you cough or sneeze," said State Health Commissioner Judy Monroe M.D. 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. Parents are also reminded they should not give aspirin to children with flu symptoms to alleviate fever, as it can put them at risk for Reye syndrome, a potentially fatal disease that causes numerous detrimental effects to many organs, especially the brain and liver. "This is a novel human virus, which means we do not have a vaccine to prevent it," said Dr. Monroe. "Individuals aged 65 and older or those with chronic diseases and immune deficiencies are at higher risk for severe complications from influenza, including pneumonia. If these individuals have not received the pneumococcal vaccine, they should discuss with their physician getting the vaccine." The Indiana Department of Homeland Security announced the state's Emergency Operations Center (EOC) became active this morning. Yesterday, the Indiana State Department of Health (ISDH) and the Indiana Department of Homeland Security (IDHS) released information concerning how they are monitoring human cases of swine influenza A (H1N1) virus infection. According to a statement from ISDH, "In addition to intensifying surveillance among flu sentinel physicians in the state, the Indiana State Department of Health has also sent information out to public health workers over the Indiana Health Alert Network and will share with physicians the interim guidance from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). The IDHS is urging public safety professionals, including paramedics, EMTs, police officers, firefighters, and emergency management workers, to take necessary precautions to safeguard their health as they interact and preserve the safety of the public." "It's too early to be classified as a pandemic," said Joe Wainscott, executive director of the IDHS. "Each of us can make a difference. Limiting contact with others can help slow the spread of illness. Together, we can help protect ourselves, our families, and our communities. In most instances of the flu, those suffering can be cared for at home. Be aware, plan ahead, and share with others what you have learned." For updates on the current Human Swine Influenza A (H1N1) investigation, the Indiana State Department of Health and the Indiana Department of Homeland Security have created a Twitter profile: http://twitter.com/ISDH_IDHS.