LONDONDERRY — Superintendent Nate Greenberg said this morning that the three students and one adult at Londonderry Middle School who were reported to his office as being ill with flu-like symptoms yesterday, have been cleared by the Department of Public Health of having the H1N1 (swine flu) virus. An letter was sent home to parents and was posted on the district's Web site: www.londonderry.org.
The New Hampshire Department of Health and Human Services reported today that there are three confirmed cases and eight probable cases of the flu in the state.
The CDC has confirmed H1N1 influenza in two Concord Hospital employees and a resident from the Upper Valley. Probable cases are a Derry resident, two students at Kearsarge High School, a 15-year-old New Hampton School student, two 13-year-old Nashua residents, a Rochester resident and a 10-year-old Bedford resident.
The New Hampshire Department of Health and Human Services is warning consumers, in conjunction with the Food and Drug Administration and the Federal Trade Commission, to be wary of promotions and products on the Internet and elsewhere that claim to diagnose, prevent, mitigate, treat, or cure the 2009 H1N1 influenza (swine flu) virus.
The FDA warns that consumers who purchase such products that have not been approved, cleared, or authorized by the FDA for the treatment or prevention of influenza risk their health and the health of their families.
"We are very fortunate that there are FDA-approved antivirals, namely oseltamivir and relenza, that can treat this particular strain of flu," said Dr. JosÃ© Montero, director of public health at DHHS in a press release issued late this afternoon.
"So, it is especially disturbing that there are people who would try to capitalize on others' concern about a new virus and potentially cause people harm. Therefore, we are urging consumers to use common sense, and when they are unsure of a product's efficacy, safety or approval, check with their healthcare provider."
For questions about H1N1, possible symptoms, travel information, or other issues related to this illness residents can call 1-888-330-6764 between 8:00 a.m. and 8:00 p.m. daily. For more information on H1N1, visit www.dhhs.nh.gov or the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) at www.cdc.gov/H1N1flu. For more information about consumer H1N1 scams, go to www.fda.gov/h1n1flu/default.htm.