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H1N1 confirmed at Bayfield camp

On July 14, there was an outbreak of an influenza-like illness reported at Camp Kanakuk, a summer camp located in Bayfield.

A total of 74 individuals, which included 19 staff members, were evaluated and treated for flu-like symptoms.

None of the individuals required hospitalization.

Initially, fifteen rapid influenza A tests were administered at the camp health center, with five positive results. Later in the week, four additional samples were collected from symptomatic individuals and sent to the Colorado Department of Health and Environment (CDPHE) laboratory for H1N1testing. Results for all four were positive for H1N1.

All four individuals who tested positive were from out of state.

Camp Kanakuk followed CDC Guidance on Day and Residential Camps. This session of campers returned home on July 19, and the next group of campers has arrived. In between sessions, the camp was thoroughly cleaned. All incoming campers have been screened for any symptoms.

This is the first H1N1 outbreak reported in the area. There have been outbreak reports of flu-like illness in summer camps across the country.

Everyone should take these everyday steps to protect their health and lessen the spread of disease: Cover your nose and mouth when you cough or sneeze, wash your hands often, avoid touching your eyes, nose or mouth, try to avoid close contact with sick people and stay home when you are ill.