CDC) ON THEIR TRACKING OF THE SWINE FLU IN THE UNITED STATES
The following link from the Center of Disease and Prevention (CDC) has updated information concerning the swine flu in the United States.
REACTION TO FLU-LIKE SYMPTOMS
CDC recommends that people with influenza-like illness remain at home until at least 24 hours after they are free of fever (100° F [37.8°C]), or signs of a fever without the use of fever-reducing medications. This is a change from the previous recommendation that ill persons stay home for 7 days after illness onset or until 24 hours after the resolution of symptoms, whichever was longer. The new recommendation applies to camps, schools, businesses, mass gatherings, and other community settings where the majority of people are not at increased risk for influenza complications. This guidance does not apply to health care settings where the exclusion period should be continued for 7 days from symptom onset or until the resolution of symptoms, whichever is longer. More information is available at http://www.cdc.gov/h1n1flu/guidance/exclusion.htm
Several other CDC guidance documents have been updated to reflect this and other recent changes. These include:
Update on School (K – 12) and Child Care Programs (http://www.cdc.gov/h1n1flu/K12_dismissal.htm)
Interim CDC Guidance for Institutions of Higher Education and Post-secondary Educational Institutions (http://www.cdc.gov/h1n1flu/guidance/guidelines_colleges.htm)
General Business and Workplace Guidance for the Prevention of Novel Influenza A (H1N1) Flu in Workers (http://www.cdc.gov/h1n1flu/guidance/workplace.htm)
The North Carolina Division of Public Health has also updated the following guidance documents to reflect this change:
Home Respiratory Isolation: Instructions for Patients
N.C. Guidance for Clinicians (Memo)
Testing and Treatment for Novel H1N1 Virus: Algorithm for Clinicians
Updated versions will be available soon by following the “2009 H1N1 Flu: Guidance for Professionals” link at www.ncpublichealth.com.