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Indiana Opens Influenza Call Center

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The Indiana State Department of Health says a call center is opening this afternoon from 1-4 Eastern time to answer questions regarding influenza – with five cases of variant influenza A having been identified in Indiana since mid-July, four of them linked to the LaPorte County Fair, and all cases having had contact with swine . Beginning next week, the call center will be open from 8:15 a.m.-4:45 p.m. Eastern Time, Monday through Friday. Laboratory testing is pending on potential additional cases.
The call center telephone number is (877) 826-0011.
Additional information from the Indiana State Department of Health:
To avoid influenza and other respiratory infections, Hoosiers are reminded to follow these simple practices:
·         Wash your hands frequently, including before and after touching animals.
·         Never eat, drink, or put anything in your mouth when visiting animal areas.  
·         Older adults, pregnant women, young children, and people with weakened immune systems should be extra careful around animals.  
·         Cough or sneeze into your sleeve or elbow.  
·         If possible, avoid contact with those who are ill.  
·         Stay home if you develop influenza symptoms and contact your health care provider.  
Additional information regarding influenza can be found at the Indiana State Department of Health website at www.in.gov/isdh/25462.htm
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