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Thursday, June 25, 2009

Influenza A/H1N1 Likely Present In County For Some Time

Potter County Today
An individual who was diagnosed with influenza A/H1N1 in Potter County earlier this month had not traveled outside the county recently, leading local health officials to conclude that the virus may have been present in the county for some time and is likely still here.

It may have migrated to Potter County across the New York State border from Cattaraugus County, or it may have come up from southern Pennsylvania. The case was diagnosed at Charles Cole Memorial Hospital and the patient, a male, recovered without requiring hospitalization. More...

16 comments :

Anonymous said...

Makes me wonder how many uninsured won't seek treatment or be checked if they have symptoms. Is there anything in place for these people?

Anonymous said...

I think CCMH should be commended for preparing so well for this flu. Express Care at CCMH could be used instead of the Emergency Room for people with or without insurance. It's much less expensive and usually much faster.

Anonymous said...

Good job Cole Hospital and thanks to Potter County Today and to Solomons Words for the current information.

Anonymous said...

My husband last was very sick, with a fever of 104.8 for three days. He was taken to the ER, where they checked him for the H1N1 and it came back negative. In all the years we have been married, I have never seen him with a fever that high and for so many days. He was sick for a total of 6 days in bed. He was undiagnosed.

I felt yukky at this time too but no fever. This leads me to think it was not the H1N1 as my three children remained healthy.

I too am concerned for those who are underinsured or have no insurance at all. I do hope they seek medical treatment regardless of the cost.

If you are sick or have been in contact with someone who has been, seek medical care (advice) and stay home! Practice good hand washing covering your mouth with a cloth or tissue, not your hands. Going to work sick, will only spread the virus.

Dr. Wilbur Zuckerman said...

The swine flu is no more dangerous at this point than the regular seasonal flu.

Seasonal flu kills 35,000 people every year in the US.

"What the epidemiologists are seeing now with this particular strain of U.N. is that the severity of the disease, the severity of the flu -- how sick you get -- is not stronger than regular seasonal flu,"

The only difference at this point is that with all the press that has been given to the H1N1, people are scared and are going to run to the doctor with every case of the sniffles.

Anonymous said...

Glad to know they figured out it either came from the north or south:)

Anonymous said...

Express care may cost less,but how do you choose between feeding your children or getting checked for H1N1? So many people have lost their income, unemployment benefits are running out,not many jobs in area.

Anonymous said...

If I get the flu I am sure not going to pay to see if it is the swine flu. I'll stay home in bed until I think I am gonna die before I decide to go to a doctor.

Anonymous said...

poster 7:02 dont you watch the news thats whats killing people by not getting help soon enough and getting other infections and phemona. and then dieing Id rather be safe than sorry , This is whats wrong with the health care system in the good ol U.S. people have gottin so screwed over by the system some are afraid to seek medical help due to the cost.

Anonymous said...

I agree with poster 8:16. If this is such a serious problem, I would think there would be some type of help for the uninsured. Hard to take it seriously if everyone still wants full pay. Lost your job? Oh well, hopefully if you get H1n1 you will survive.Since you are not sure that's what it is..continue everday activities and infect others. In my eyes, can't be THAT serious of a situation!

Anonymous said...

If you go to any public hospital they cannot refuse you treatment because of an inability to pay. further more there are many charity and other programs in place to help those who cannot afford their medical bills. If I remember correctly if you are self pay at CCMH they have a program that they reduce your bill on a sliding scale based on your income. Don't get me wrong they aren't going to come running at you with offers to lower your bills but with a few phone calls and a bit of paperwork you can always find help!

Anonymous said...

gotta love the scare tactics and gloom and doom of the media. The flu is the flu. Swine or otherwise. If you look at the statistics of the common flu, it's no difference, it not worse than this swine flu. Wash your hands, stay home if you're sick. If you're really sick, then go to the doctor, but even then, don't go coughing all over everyone and everything. Practice common sense with cold and or flu.

Anonymous said...

CCMH has a sliding fee schedule and charity care policy. They can be viewed at www.charlescolehospital.com
No one should be on death's door before seeking medical attention.

StopnGo Joe said...

It is just a big government plot cooked up by the Insurance company lobbyists to make more money for the insurance companies....

Anonymous said...

Come on, everyone knows the "uninsured" people in this county are on MA anyway, which is free to them. They get a heck of a lot better care for less money than people who actually work for their insurance and end up paying big whopping co-pays or big balances that aren't covered by the health insurances they pay for but just wait, Obama is going to fix all that at yet more expense for the working person.

Anonymous said...

There are many "uninsured" who have incomes that are too high for welfare, but yet not enough to afford insurance.

Please use the express care at Charles Cole, which is Monday - Friday from 4:00 to 8:00p.m. So many people go to the ER when they don't need to. The ER is for serious problems. Express Care can handle most non-serious issues, including fractures. Also, tick bites do not warrant a trip to the ER. You can wait and see your doctor. The ER is not the place to go for dental pain, either! I wish more people would realize this. Then maybe our ER wouldn't be so crowded and people wouldn't have such a long wait, mostly with non-emergencies!