We had our fun popping the balloon of the swine flu, excuse me, H1N1 hysteria, but we never once told you to abandon your hourly ritual of hand sanitizer cleansing. Since Miami is a major hub of international travel, especially to Latin America, it always made sense to us that the strain of flu could potentially hit here harder than other areas.
While swine flu hasn't proven to be the harbinger of doom for the human species (at least for this iteration anyway), it's still a concern and it hasn't gone away.
The Miami-Dade Health Department brings news that as of today at 11 a.m. the county had 66 confirmed cases of H1N1 flu. The state of Florida as a whole has 194 cases, meaning over a third of the state's cases are in Miami-Dade.
Though, they say that, "CDC no longer recommends that communities with a laboratory confirmed case of influenza A H1N1 consider adopting school dismissal or childcare closure measures."
However the Health Department still recommends avoiding close contact with people who are coughing or otherwise appear ill, avoiding touching your eyes, nose and mouth, and washing hands frequently to lessen the spread of respiratory illness.