Sunday, April 26, 2009

Swine Flu Update

from the LAT:

Los Angeles County public health officials today reported no confirmed cases of swine flu locally but said they were closely monitoring hospitals and schools for signs of the influenza strain.
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention confirmed 20 cases of the virus nationwide, including seven in California and eight in New York City, according to the CDC’s website. All seven California cases have been in San Diego and Imperial counties. The flu has led to numerous deaths in Mexico.

Dr. Robert Kim-Farley, L.A. County’s director of communicable disease control and prevention, said that none of the cases in the United States was fatal but that local public health officials "feel that this new strain is of serious concern." He added that it would not be "unexpected to see cases occurring in Los Angeles."


In San Diego, where the first cases of swine flu in the U.S. were reported last week, health officials reported no new cases Sunday, although they warned that more could be found as investigations continue. Four cases have been diagnosed in San Diego County, and three people have been diagnosed in the Imperial Valley.

Dr. Wilma Wooten, public health officer for San Diego County, continued to warn residents to take seriously any signs of flu and to stay away from work and seek medical care if they are sick. Physicians have been asked to report flu cases to county health officials.

Jack O’Connell, state superintendent of public instruction, also said today that the public can download posters titled "Keep Our School Healthy" and "Germ-Free Zone" with tips on how to avoid the flu. They are available in English, Spanish, Vietnamese and other languages.

Kim-Farley of the Los Angeles County Department of Public Health said those with mild illnesses should be staying home. Anyone with flu-like symptoms — such as a fever, cough or sore throat — who has recently traveled to Mexico should see a doctor.

If you or your kids are sick, do us all a favor and stay home. We love ya, but really .... stay home.


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