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Thursday, August 27, 2009 - 8:07am

SW Georgia Steps Up H1N1 Prevention Efforts

Health authorities in Southwest Georgia have stepped up efforts to publicize prevention of H1N1 flu.

The move comes after the virus appeared throughout the 14 county region.

The flu has shown up in almost every school throughout the district. Schools there already received instruction on how to prevent an outbreak.

Now, the Southwest Georgia Health District has started a media campaign to get information to the general public. Already, one adult in the district has died from H1N1.

Brenda Greene with the Southwest Georgia Health District says it's still early for flu season, an indication the current cases are probably H1N1.

"Our belief is that the majority of what we're seeing right now is H1N1 rather than the traditional seasonal flu."

She says indicators of H1N1 include nausea, vomiting and diarrhea.

Officials suggest people wash their hands regularly and keep an eye out for H1N1 symptoms.