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Swine flu confirmed in Eagle County

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Eagle County, CO Colorado

EAGLE COUNTY, Colorado ” A case of swine flu has been confirmed in Eagle County, officials said Monday.

The affected person is a male in his late teens and is not a student, according to the Eagle County Public Health Department. He was not hospitalized and is recovering.

The man was tested by the county, the Colorado Department of Health and Environment, and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

He is the first person to contract swine flu outside the Denver metro area.

County Epidemiologist Becky Larson says while the department takes the confirmed case seriously, there is no reason for the public to be alarmed.

“It’s important to remember that, so far, H1N1 (swine flu) is affecting people at the same rate and in the same manner as seasonal flu,” Larson said. “If you follow basic steps to prevent the spread of the illness, including washing hands frequently, covering your coughs and sneezes and keeping a reasonable distance from those who are ill, there is no reason not to go about your daily business.”

People with flu-like symptoms should stay home, officials said. Children and adolescents with a fever should not go to child care or school and adults with a fever should not go to work until they have been symptom-free for at least 24 hours.

The symptoms of swine flu are similar to the symptoms of seasonal flu and may include fever greater than 100 degrees, sore throat, cough, stuffy nose, chills, headache, body aches and fatigue.

The illness is passed from person to person and is not spread by pigs or by eating pork.

Colorado now has six confirmed cases of swine flu. Two more were reported over the weekend and another ” a person in Adams County northeast of Denver “-was reported Monday.