Flu-like illness circulating in the Bay: what you need to know
Hawke's Bay App
Monday, March 04, 2019 1:53 PM
The Hawke’s Bay District Health Board has confirmed an influenza-like illness is circulating in the region, primarily amongst seasonal fruit picking workers.
The DHB’s Medical Officer of Health, Nick Jones, says close to 80 seasonal workers from the Pacific had experienced flu-like illness. One was hospitalised and has since been discharged.
Two cases have been confirmed as having H1N1, which was a flu strain that had been circulating since 2009.
The DHB says it’s closely managing the situation and working with Hastings Health Centre and other primary care organisations to monitor if the infection becomes more widespread.
Dr Jones says people in the wider community need to be aware that flu is circulating in the community so they can take precautions such as regular hand-washing and staying home if they became ill.
If anyone experiences flu-like symptoms such as fever, aches and pains they should stay home and if their symptoms progress and worsen they should call their GP or Healthline.
If it was an emergency they should call 111.
About influenza (flu):
Influenza is highly contagious and people with flu can spread it to others up to two metres away.
If you feel unwell you can help reduce the spread of the virus by:
- Staying at home if you are unwell.
- Covering your cough or sneeze using disposable tissues.
- Regularly washing your hands thoroughly with soap and hot water, and then dry your hands with a clean dry towel or paper towel.
- If you become concerned or your illness is getting worse call your GP or local medical centre or call HealthLine 0800 611 116.
- If it’s an emergency call 111.