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Confirmed H1N1 virus, pre-school child

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The New Hanover County Health Department has confirmed another case of the H1N1 virus; this time in a pre-school aged child. The health department will not release the name of the pre-school, nor the specific age of the child, but will say the child is under age five. Pediatricians say kids 5 and under are at high risk. What's more, the FDA has not approved Tamiflu, the medicine to treat H1N1, for children 12 months or under. Still, the advice remains the same. Practice good hygiene, and keep your kids home if they are sick. “It's always concerning when a disease strikes a younger population. They can be more susceptible to ill effects from the disease, and of course they're not as good at hygiene as other people,” said Dr. David Hill of Cape Fear Pediatrics. “But remember, as best we can tell, and we are still learning about this virus, it seems to be no more or less dangerous than over seasonal influenzas.” Dr. Hill said the CDC has recommended doctors treat all cases with flu symptoms as though they are H1N1. This case makes the sixth confirmed case in New Hanover County. The others are in elementary school aged children. There are also two suspected cases at Holly Tree and Roland Grise schools.

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