Tuesday, April 28, 2009

From Sarasota County Emergency Servicees:

April 28, 2009 — Swine Flu update
The Sarasota County Health Department has activated its Flu Information Line, 941-861-2800 with recorded information about swine flu. It will be updated regularly.

Good Morning: I have attached a press release from the Florida Department of Health regarding the Swine Influenza:


FLORIDA DEPARTMENT OF HEALTH IS ACTIVELY MONITORING THE CURRENT SWINE INFLUENZA SITUATION IN CALIFORNIA, TEXAS AND MEXICO

TALLAHASSEE – The Florida Department of Health is actively monitoring the current swine influenza situation in California, Texas and Mexico. Currently, there are no known human cases in Florida.
The Florida Department of Health is proactively responding to this event by enhancing surveillance and monitoring efforts for influenza across the state. The Florida Department of Health, in partnership with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, has the capability needed to detect novel influenza viruses.

Since influenza season is winding down, any influenza occurring now will be carefully assessed to see if it is due to the new strain.

Some good hygiene tips to adhere to are:

*Practice good respiratory etiquette by covering your cough
*Frequent hand washing can lessen the spread of respiratory illness
*Stay home if you are sick


For more information please visit the CDC’s Web site

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