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Yuma, AZ--Spanish media are reporting that the H1N1 virus is back in Mexico city and the cases are rising.
Mexican authorities closed many restaurants, schools, museums, libraries and theaters to stop the spread of the disease.
But here in the Desert Southwest several swine flu virus have popped up.
"We have 3 confirmed cases of the H1N1 virus and those folks have been quarantined as well as the people un that housing unit," Nancy Kincaid of California Prison Health care services said.
Kincaid said Centinela State Prison in Imperial County are taking appropriate procedures.
"When they have 5 days with out any new cases then typically they lift the quarantine case, it means they're past the point of it spreading," Kincaid said.
According to the Imperial County Public Health Department 9 citizens have been diagnosed with H1N1.
"Clearly someone brought it into the prison because there are people whose movement is limited. Inmates don't go out, people come in," she said.
Dr. Gilberto Chavez, Deputy Director, California Department of Public Health's center for infectious diseases released a statement saying.
"So far, influenza activity has been somewhat less this season than in previous seasons. However, we are beginning to see increases in influenza activity across California. This is usually the time of year when influenza begins to become more active in California. It is not too late to be vaccinated. If you haven't been vaccinated yet, get your vaccine now before flu activity increases. Vaccination is the best protection against the flu. This year's vaccine protects against most frequently found strains including H1N1."
For vaccinations, you can visit the Imperial County Public Health Department located at 935 Broadway in El Centro or the Yuma County Public Health Department located at 2200 West 28th Street in Yuma.
Health officials say swine flu virus symptoms are like regular flu symptoms which include fever, cough, sore throat, runny nose, body aches, headaches plus diarrhea and vomiting.
They say influenza is spread mainly person-to-person through coughing or sneezing of infected people.
They say to cover your nose and mouth with a tissue when you cough or sneeze
Make sure to wash your hands often with soap and water constantly and avoid touching your eyes, nose or mouth because germs spread that way.
Also, the recommend you to stay home if you get sick and limit contact with others.
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