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Amid rise in flu cases, AZ DHS has tips for public

Amid rise in flu cases, AZ DHS has tips for public

CREATED Jan 10, 2013

Web Producer: Mekita Rivas

TUCSON (KGUN9-TV) - The Arizona Department of Health Services and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention have reported an earlier-than-normal start to the flu season this year, with laboratory-confirmed flu activity increasing rapidly in the past month.  

In a news release, AZ DHS public information officer Ray Falkenberg said that for the week ending on Jan. 5, 2013, there were 102 confirmed cases of flu in Cochise County, up from 70 cases the previous week.  By way of comparison, at this point in the 2011-12 flu season, there was only one laboratory-confirmed case; at this point in the 2010-11 season, 148 confirmed cases had been reported.

Here are some tips the Arizona Department of Health Services and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has for the public:

-- Wash your hands often with soap and water, especially before eating, after coughing or sneezing, and after using the toilet. Use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer if soap and water are not available.

-- Cover your nose and mouth with a tissue or your sleeve when you cough or sneeze. Use disposable tissues and throw them away after use.

-- Avoid touching your eyes, nose and mouth.

-- Stay home when you are sick. Anyone who has flu or a flu-like illness should stay home from school, work, or other activities until at least 24 hours after the fever has gone away without the use of fever-reducing medications.

-- While sick, limit contact with others as much as possible to keep from infecting them.

-- Try to avoid close contact with sick people.