Posted at: 01/03/2014 11:06 AM
Updated at: 01/03/2014 5:14 PM
By: Elizabeth Reed, KOB.com
ALBUQUERQUE -- The first case of H1N1 this year has been reported at UNM Hospital.
A spokesperson confirmed the hospital admitted one person diagnosed with H1N1, also known as swine flu, on Thursday. Overall, there have been 12 cases this flu season, with nine being reported since Christmas.
An international outbreak of the virus first occurred in 2009. H1N1 symptoms include fever, cough, sore throat and body aches. Children under 5, adults older than 65 and pregnant women have a higher risk of experiencing severe complications related to the virus.
To avoid getting sick, doctors recommend getting a flu vaccine and washing hands often.