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Umatilla County Health Department Confirms Case of H1N1 Virus In Hermiston

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Public Health Officials Confirm Several H1N1 Cases in Oregon

Umatilla County Health Department confirms 1 case of H1N1 in Hermiston, Oregon. A woman in her late 50's is recovering at home with no complications. The state has confirmed 17 cases of H1N1. 4 in Lane County, 6 in Multnomah County, 4 in Polk County, 1 in Umatilla County and 2 in Washington County. This is up from the 3 that was initially reported this morning.  

"While case numbers are increasing people can take precautions in preventing influenza" stated Genni Lehnert, Umatilla County Public Health Administrator.

Here are 3 things the public can do to protect themselves:

  1. Protect yourself and others by washing your hands often;
  2. Cover your mouth and nose with a tissue or shirt sleeve, not your hand, when coughing or sneezing and discard tissue immediately in a waste container.
  3. If you are ill stay home and avoid exposing others to your illness.  Do contact your doctor if you have any concerns.

Umatilla County Public Health is monitoring the situation closely and encourages people to follow the above precautions. H1N1 is a new strain of the influenza virus that most people do not have immunity for.

For more information, you can visit the CDC website or

Oregon State Flu Hotline  (M-F 8:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.) 1-800-978-3040

KNDU Local News for the latest updates.