TULSA, OK -- Tulsa Health Department officials have confirmed a case of swine flu in a Tulsa Public Schools employee.
The confirmed case is a woman who experienced mild symptoms, has fully recovered and did not require hospitalization. She took appropriate precautions to limit her exposure to others during her illness, according to a news release.
The woman works at Jackson Elementary. Because of the mild nature of the H1N1 virus, the health department does not recommend closing the school.
A custodial crew will be sent to Jackson over the weekend to disinfect all classrooms, restrooms and common areas. The health department has been monitoring those who may have come in contact with the employee and none have exhibited symptoms of influenza.
District officials will meet Saturday morning to determine what additional steps should be taken to protect the health of students and staff.
Four previous state cases had been reported, and 10 new cases were confirmed in Oklahoma on Friday:
The newly confirmed cases include people reporting flu-like illness from April 23-May 7. Many of the patients have recovered.
There is not a vaccine available to protect individuals from the strain of H1N1 influenza. The Tulsa Health Department reminds the public to continue to practice these recommendations to prevent the spread of influenza:
The symptoms of H1N1 influenza are similar to seasonal influenza and include:
It is particularly important for those who are at high risk for complications from influenza to continue good health habits and to seek medical guidance if they begin to experience flu-like symptoms. High risk groups include:
For more information visit www.tulsa-health.org or call the public health information line at 918-595-4500.