KINGMAN - The Mohave County Department of Public Health has confirmed the county's second case of H1N1 flu virus, more commonly known as swine flu.
A 3-year-old girl living in Lake Havasu City tested positive for the virus after first exhibiting symptoms in late April. According to the department's assistant director, Jennifer McNally, the girl was not hospitalized and has since made a complete recovery.
The news comes only three days after the county confirmed its first H1N1 case, a 6-year-old boy who also hailed from Lake Havasu City.
McNally said the county is currently waiting for the results on two more suspected flu samples sent to the state lab for analysis, though no new samples have been collected in the past week.
The flu's tally continues to rise, both in Arizona and throughout the world. The state confirmed its third H1N1 death on Thursday, in a 13-year-old Pima County boy who succumbed to flu-related complications on May 15.
Nationwide, the death toll has risen to 10, with approximately 5,764 cases confirmed or suspected in 47 states, including 452 confirmed in Arizona.
According to the World Health Organization, the virus has infected approximately 11,034 people in more than 40 countries, including 85 deaths, with the U.S. and Mexico accounting for most confirmed cases.
According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, symptoms of H1N1 flu are not unlike those of seasonal influenza, consisting of high fever, cough, sore throat, runny nose, and body aches.
Some rare cases also include nausea and diarrhea.
Those who suspect they are infected with the flu are being advised to stay home from work or school and avoid contact with others. The CDC has also recommended frequent, thorough handwashing and covering the nose and mouth when you cough or sneeze to avoid spreading the virus.
For treatment, the CDC recommends bed rest and drinking plenty of fluids. Anti-viral drugs such as Tamiflu and Relenza have also proven effective in fighting off the infection.
Those suffering from less common, acute symptoms such as difficulty breathing, dizziness or severe vomiting should seek immediate medical care.
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