Swine Flu – Health Advisory For Oklahoma Travelers To Mexico Issued

April 28, 2009

As a precautionary step in its monitoring and surveillance of the newly emerging swine influenza virus, the Oklahoma State Department of Health has issued the following public health advisory for Oklahoma travelers to Mexico: Public health advisory for travelers to Mexico The World Health Organization is reporting numerous human cases of a severe respiratory illness in at least three different regions of Mexico. The number of cases has risen steadily since the beginning of April 2009. Laboratory testing of patient specimens has confirmed infections with swine influenza (“swine flu”) A/H1N1 virus. This is a newly emerging, animal-origin virus that is now being spread from an infected person to another person. Due to known circulation of this virus in Mexico, the Oklahoma State Department of Health is advising travelers of the following: While in MexicoAvoid close contact (< 3 feet) with persons who are coughing or otherwise appear ill. Avoid touching your eyes, nose and mouth. Wash hands frequently, or use alcohol-containing hand sanitizer gel. Upon Return from travels to MexicoMonitor self and travel companions for symptoms of fever, chills, headache, sore throat, cough, body aches, and vomiting or diarrhea.
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Swine Influenza – European Union Presidency To Call Extraordinary Meeting Of Health Ministers

April 28, 2009

The Czech EU Presidency will convene an extraordinary Council of EU health ministers to evaluate the possible threat posed by the swine influenza outbreak and to coordinate European efforts.

The Presidency has been following the situation very closely, is aware of the seriousness of the outbreak on the American continent, and is determined to minimize the risk of impact on the European Union. Therefore, it considers it necessary to evaluate the potential danger and all possible steps forward.
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Swine Flu – Health Advisory For Oklahoma Travelers To Mexico Issued

April 28, 2009

As a precautionary step in its monitoring and surveillance of the newly emerging swine influenza virus, the Oklahoma State Department of Health has issued the following public health advisory for Oklahoma travelers to Mexico: Public health advisory for travelers to Mexico The World Health Organization is reporting numerous human cases of a severe respiratory illness in at least three different regions of Mexico. The number of cases has risen steadily since the beginning of April 2009. Laboratory testing of patient specimens has confirmed infections with swine influenza (“swine flu”) A/H1N1 virus. This is a newly emerging, animal-origin virus that is now being spread from an infected person to another person. Due to known circulation of this virus in Mexico, the Oklahoma State Department of Health is advising travelers of the following: While in MexicoAvoid close contact (< 3 feet) with persons who are coughing or otherwise appear ill. Avoid touching your eyes, nose and mouth. Wash hands frequently, or use alcohol-containing hand sanitizer gel. Upon Return from travels to MexicoMonitor self and travel companions for symptoms of fever, chills, headache, sore throat, cough, body aches, and vomiting or diarrhea.
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Mississippi State Department Increases Flu Surveillance Activity Following National Reports Of Swine Flu

April 28, 2009

Today, in response to reports of human cases of swine flu in California and Texas, the Mississippi State Department of Health (MSDH) is alerting its statewide flu surveillance system to increase its testing of patients with influenza-like illness.

MSDH’s flu surveillance system consists of selected healthcare providers across the state who report possible flu cases to MSDH for confirmation by laboratory testing.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) is currently investigating eight human cases of a new type of swine influenza in Texas and California. At this time, there have been no cases identified in Mississippi. The symptoms of swine flu in humans are similar to those of seasonal flu, causing fever, respiratory symptoms and body aches.
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Economic Downturn Taking Toll On Patients And Communities Hospitals Serve: New Survey Finds

April 28, 2009

Six out of ten hospitals nationally are seeing a greater proportion of patients without insurance coming through their emergency departments, according to a new survey from the American Hospital Association (AHA). At the same time, nearly half of hospitals reported they have cut staff. Recent employment information from the Bureau of Labor Statistics confirms that hospital employment is no longer growing and that the number of mass layoffs for hospitals reported in February was more than double what it was a year ago.
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Swine Flu – School To Close, Other Flu Precautions Recommended, Texas

April 28, 2009

The Texas Department of State Health Services announced today that Byron Steele High School in Cibolo will temporarily close effective immediately as public health and school officials work to keep swine influenza from spreading.

Swine flu was confirmed earlier this month in two students from the school, and a third student is listed as a probable case with confirmatory lab test results pending. The original two have recovered, and the third is recovering. The school is part of the Schertz-Cibolo-Universal City Independent School District in Guadalupe County near San Antonio.
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Swine Influenza – European Union Presidency To Call Extraordinary Meeting Of Health Ministers

April 28, 2009

The Czech EU Presidency will convene an extraordinary Council of EU health ministers to evaluate the possible threat posed by the swine influenza outbreak and to coordinate European efforts.

The Presidency has been following the situation very closely, is aware of the seriousness of the outbreak on the American continent, and is determined to minimize the risk of impact on the European Union. Therefore, it considers it necessary to evaluate the potential danger and all possible steps forward.
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