Summit County authorities believe a teenager from Breckenridge is the latest victim of the H1N1 virus.Bryan Pineda Rosas was found unconscious at his home Wednesday at about 11:30 a.m. and was pronounced dead a short time later.The 13-year-old had flu-like symptoms last week and sought treatment at Breckenridge Medical Center on Friday. He tested positive for Type A flu, which leads some doctors to believe he had H1N1.Currently, 99 percent of positive Type A flu tests are thought to be H1N1 influenza, the Summit County coroner said.An autopsy will be performed Thursday. The Office of the Summit County Coroner is working closely with Summit County Public Health on this case."The district is devastated at this loss, and our hearts go out to the family of this young man," Summit School District Superintendent Millie Hamner said.About 11.5 percent of Summit County students missed class this week because of illness. Summit High School Principal Drew Adkins told the Summit Daily News that 105 students missed school on Tuesday due to illness, with 46 of those reporting flu symptoms. That's about 13 percent of the student body.The Summit County Public Health Department is currently working with the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment around this case and ongoing 2009 H1N1 monitoring. Symptoms of 2009 H1N1 flu and seasonal flu include fever or chills, a cough or a sore throat. In addition, symptoms of flu can include runny nose, body aches, headache, tiredness, diarrhea or vomiting. For more information visit www.flu.go.The following are the recommendations of the state health department:
If you are experiencing symptoms, stay home for at least 24 hours after you no longer have a fever (100 degrees Fahrenheit) or signs of a fever (have chills, feel very warm, have a flushed appearance, or are sweating). This should be determined without the use of fever-reducing medicines (any medicine that contains ibuprofen or acetaminophen).Seek medical attention if any of the following serious symptoms occur: difficulty breathing or shortness of breath, pain or pressure in the chest or abdomen, sudden dizziness, confusion, severe or persistent vomiting, seizures.Also remember to cover your coughs and sneezes and wash your hands often with soap and water. Use an alcohol-based hand cleaner if soap and water are not available.Get the seasonal flu vaccine now and the 2009 H1N1 flu vaccine when available.Summit County Public Health expects the vaccine to be available for higher risk individuals beginning in October. Information on higher risk categories will be made available after the vaccine is received. Depending on vaccine supply, it is expected to be available for everyone by December. It will be a single-shot vaccine and trials of the vaccine place its safety on par with the seasonal flu vaccine.National and state public health agency recommendations do not currently include cancellation or avoidance of social gatherings or activities; such as sporting events, school attendance or activities, and entertainment events. Individuals should prepare plans to care for sick household members or for children if schools dismiss students or child care programs close.Be prepared in case you get sick and need to stay home. Have the following items on hand: a supply of fever-reducing medicines that contain acetaminophen or ibuprofen, alcohol-based hand cleaners, tissues and other items that may be useful and help avoid the need to make trips out in public while you are sick.Learn about the flu and what you can do. To find out more about preparing for the flu, go to www.flu.gov or call 1-800-CDC-INFO (1-800-232-4636).
Although currently the 2009 H1N1 flu presents no greater health risk than the typical seasonal flu, this is a rapidly evolving situation. You are advised to monitor media outlets as well as health agency Web sites for the most up-to-date information.