Friday, May 08, 2009

Swine Flu: the latest

I've been on the ReadyNotifyPA mailing list for a while now. This missive just came through from them.

I think that a simple dose of common sense is what's needed to battle this outbreak. As such, I prefer to get my info from sources that don't depend on ratings points for advertising dollars. (I follow the same protocol when it comes to weather-related info, preferring the NOAA weather radio to the local TV stations that go into a screaming panic over the sighting of a snowflake.)

Anyway, here's the latest. Use common sense and take the same precautions to avoid this flu as we take to avoid every other strain of flu that arises every year.

The Philadelphia Department of Public Health's Division of Disease Control
reports that two probable Philadelphia cases of influenza A (H1N1) have been
confirmed today by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) as
positive for influenza A (H1N1). These are the first confirmed cases in
Philadelphia for influenza A (H1N1), also referred to as Swine Flu. Neither
patient was sick enough to be hospitalized and both are recovering.

Three additional probable cases have been identified today. A total of nine
probable cases are currently under investigation.

Health Commissioner Donald F. Schwarz urges Philadelphians to follow good health
habits because covering your cough and washing your hands often can help stop
the spread of germs and prevent respiratory illnesses like the flu.

- Avoid close contact with people who are sick.
- When you are sick, keep your distance from others to protect them from getting
sick too.
- Stay home when you are sick.
- If possible, stay home from work, school, and errands when you are sick. You
will help prevent others from catching your illness.
- Cover your mouth and nose with a tissue when coughing or sneezing. It may
prevent those around you from getting sick.
- Clean your hands.Washing your hands often will help protect you from germs.

- Avoid touching your eyes, nose or mouth. Germs are often spread when a person
touches something that is contaminated with germs and then touches his or her
eyes, nose, or mouth.
- Practice other good health habits. Get plenty of sleep, be physically active,
manage your stress, drink plenty of fluids, and eat nutritious food.

For the latest influenza A (H1N1) information, visit the Philadelphia Department
of Public Health s website at or the Philadelphia Office of
Emergency Management website at

Sent through Philadelphia ReadyNotifyPA.

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