From State Senator Mcleod about Swine Flu Epidemic

4/28 Swine Flu Update

With 11 confirmed cases of the swine flu illness in California, state health authorities have taken several preventive steps to mitigate the impacts and slow the spread of the virus. As of today, there have been five confirmed cases in San Diego County, five in Imperial County, and one in Sacramento County. In the United States, there are 64 confirmed cases and no deaths. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), in conjunction with state and local health officials, are in California providing assistance and closely monitoring the ongoing swine flu situation.

In addition, California has activated the Joint Emergency Operations Center (JEOC) of the Department of Public Health in coordination with the California Emergency Management Agency and expanded public health laboratory testing of potential flu specimens.

On Thursday, the Senate Committee on Health and the Select Committee on Disaster and Emergency Response will be holding a joint hearing to discuss issues related to the swine flu outbreak.

International Swine Flu Outbreak: Assessing California’s Preparedness and Response to this Potential Flu Pandemic

WHEN: Thursday, April 30, 2009; 12:00 noon
WHERE: State Capitol, Room 4203; Sacramento, CA

This hearing will be webcast. You can watch it live at (via Windows Media) on Thursday.

Individuals should take the following precautionary measures:

  • Cover your nose and mouth with a tissue when you cough or sneeze. Throw the tissue in the trash after you use it.
  • Wash your hands often with soap and water, especially after you cough or sneeze. Alcohol-based hand sanitizers are also effective.
  • If you become ill with flu-like symptoms, including fever, body aches, runny nose, sore throat, nausea, vomiting or diarrhea, you may want to contact your health care provider, particularly if you are worried about your symptoms. Your health care provider will determine whether flu testing or treatment is needed.
  • If you get sick with the flu, it is recommended that you stay home from work or school and limit contact with others to keep from infecting them. Avoid touching your eyes, nose or mouth. Germs spread this way.

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