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Officials: Manatee boy, 14, had swine flu

BRADENTON — Manatee County Health Department officials this morning announced a second confirmed case in the county of swine flu.

A 14-year-old boy attending Harllee Middle School had the H1N1 influenza, health officials announced this morning.

The child was seen and treated by an area hospital, recovered at home and returned to school. School health surveillance has not shown an increase of influenza-like illnesses at Harllee Middle.

The Manatee County Health Department has been preparing for the possibility of swine flu cases since this outbreak began and is taking appropriate, responsible steps to protect the community, said John Burns, health department spokesman.

“We must all do our part to reduce the spread of this infection; everyone is encouraged to get prepared at home, at work and take simple steps to protect yourself, your family and the community,” Burns said.

Family, workplace, school, health care and community planning assistance can be found at http://www.pandemicflu.gov/plan/index.html.

People with a cough, fever and fatigue, possibly along with diarrhea and vomiting, should contact their health care provider.

If you think you have influenza, call your health care provider and discuss whether you need to be seen in their office, the emergency department or stay home. For more information in Florida, call toll-free, (800) 342-3557, or for the hard of hearing, (800) 226-4329.

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