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Wisconsin H1N1 situation report


MADISON (WKOW) -- Outpatient visits for influenza-like illness increased in all parts of Wisconsin, with the exception of the northern part of the state.

According to Department of Health Services, of the circulating influenza viruses in the state, 99-percent have been confirmed as H1N1. However, none of the H1N1 cases have been found to be resistant to common antiviral medications, such as Tamiflu.

Since September 1st, 26 people in Wisconsin have been hospitalized due to H1N1. There have been 9 H1N1-related deaths since the spring.

Last week, Wisconsin received around 147,000 doses of H1N1 vaccine in a combination of nasal mist and injectable form. The state received around 47,000 additional doses on Monday and another 20,000 on Tuesday.

Wisconsin's allocations, so far, have been targeted toward larger hospitals, clinic systems and public health agencies to vaccine the health care workforce.

A variety of communities have announced public vaccination clinics later this month. In addition, some school districts have announced school-based clinics as early as next week.

Unusually high rates of student absenteeism due to influenza-like illness have led to temporary school closures in some districts.

Wisconsin Dells closed its five schools from October 7-9. Around 30 percent of high school students were out sick. Classes resumed on Monday, October 12. The River Valley Middle School, Spring Green, closed October 13-16 after nearly 40 percent of students were absent. The Medford Area School District dismissed schools from October 13-16 when 30 percent of high school students and 19 percent of student district-wide were absent.

In most cases, the decision to close schools is a joint decision made by local health departments and school administrators in consultation with DHS.


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