Swine Flu Outbreak: Group Health Responds

Source: GHC.org


 Group Health is working with state, local, and federal agencies to understand and limit the spread of the swine flu virus. A Group Health team headed by David Grossman, MD, preventive care chief, is reviewing the local and national situation daily to make sure that Group Health can respond appropriately.

The U.S. Department of Homeland Security, on advice of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, has declared a “public health emergency” in response to a growing number of flu-like illnesses caused by the swine flu virus.

The outbreak was first reported in Mexico, where several hundred have become ill and more than 60 people have died of the new influenza virus since March. There are now at least 40 people who have been confirmed as having the swine flu virus in the United States; all have recovered.

Protecting Yourself and Others

Swine flu is a respiratory illness that is spread in much the same way as seasonal flu. The best ways to keep from becoming ill are to:

  • Wash your hands frequently
  • Use hand-sanitizers
  • Avoid contact with people who are ill

If you are ill, please stay home to avoid spreading the illness to others. If your children are ill, they should stay home from school or day care.

More Cases Expected

As the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) continues its investigation into this disease in the United States, experts predict that more cases will be reported in the next days and weeks. Because so many people travel, it is likely that there will be cases reported in the Northwest.

For More Information

  • CDC: www.pandemicflu.gov
  • WHO: www.who.int/en/

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