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University student dies from h1n1 complications

Foxnews reported that a Cornell University study died this Friday at Cayuga Medical center from H1N1 complications.

Warren Schor, a 20 year old junior, is the first that died from H1N1 influenza-related complications in Tompkins County, foxnews cited the Health department as saying.

Up to now, about 70 people in the United States have died from H1N1 influenza and most of them had underlying health conditions. It is not immediately clear though whether Schor had any health condition that actually caused the death.

University President David Skorton was quoted as writing in a statement that "We wish to to convey our heartfelt condolences to [Schor's family] and to his many friends. Please keep them in your thoughts in the following days."

Skorton also urged members of the university community to be alert about risks associated with underlying health conditions and severe flu symptoms.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention states on its website that "The symptoms of 2009 H1N1 flu virus in people include fever, cough, sore throat, runny or stuffy nose, body aches, headache, chills and fatigue. A significant number of people who have been infected with this virus also have reported diarrhea and vomiting. Severe illnesses and death has occurred as a result of illness associated with this virus."

The health agency offers the following that it claims may help prevent H1N1 infection.

What can I do to protect myself from getting sick?

There is no vaccine available right now to protect against 2009 H1N1 virus. However, a 2009 H1N1 vaccine is currently in production and may be ready for the public in the fall. As always, a vaccine will be available to protect against seasonal influenza

There are everyday actions that can help prevent the spread of germs that cause respiratory illnesses like influenza.

Take these everyday steps to protect your health:

* Cover your nose and mouth with a tissue when you cough or sneeze. Throw the tissue in the trash after you use it.

* Wash your hands often with soap and water, especially after you cough or sneeze. Alcohol-based hand cleaners* are also effective.

* Avoid touching your eyes, nose or mouth. Germs spread this way.

* Try to avoid close contact with sick people.

* If you are sick with flu-like illness, CDC recommends that you stay home for at least 24 hours after your fever is gone except to get medical care or for other necessities. (Your fever should be gone without the use of a fever-reducing medicine.) Keep away from others as much as possible to keep from making others sick.

Other important actions that you can take are:

* Follow public health advice regarding school closures, avoiding crowds and other social distancing measures.

* Be prepared in case you get sick and need to stay home for a week or so; a supply of over-the-counter medicines, alcohol-based hand rubs,* tissues and other related items might could be useful and help avoid the need to make trips out in public while you are sick and contagious.

By David Liu daidl at foodconsumer dot org