Jersey City Gets First Confirmed Swine Flu Cases

The city says it has been notified that four Jersey City residents have been confirmed positive for H1N1 Influenza virus, also known as swine flu.

The individuals are recovering at home, and their family members and close contacts are being monitored for any signs of illness.

One of the individuals is an 11-year-old student at Academy One and another is a 7-month-old infant who does not attend daycare. The other two children who are affected were traveling and became ill while they were away from Jersey City — a 6-year-old who became sick in Montana and a 13-year-old who became sick in Utah.

“While this news is concerning, it is certainly not a cause for alarm,” Mayor Healy says in a statement. “The most important thing people can do to limit the spread of H1N1 is to stay home from school or work if they are sick, cover their coughs and sneezes, and wash their hands regularly with soap and warm water.”

He adds that the city will continue to monitor the situation with the Hudson Regional Health Commission, state and federal partners and the Jersey City Board of Education.

“We will continue to share current guidance and recommendations from the CDC with school officials and the public as this situation evolves, but urge people not to panic but to take the necessary steps to prevent illness,” Healy says.

For more information on the swine flu virus, visit the CDC’s website.

Jon Whiten

co-founded the Jersey City Independent. He is currently the Deputy Director of New Jersey Policy Perspective.