State Officials Discuss Swine Flu

By: Wendy Enneking Email
By: Wendy Enneking Email

State emergency response officials are trying to take a proactive stance as the nation finds itself trying to get a handle on the swine flu. Officials with the Kentucky National Guard and emergency management agencies reportedly met at the Boone Center in Frankfort Sunday afternoon to discuss how the state will respond in the event the swine flu shows up in the Commonwealth.

The swine flu has sickened some 20 people in the United States in California, Kansas, Ohio, Texas, and New York. Fortunately in all of those cases, those who fell ill exhibited relatively minor symptoms of the virus and recovered. However, more than 80 people in Mexico have died as a result of the virus and it's estimated that more than 1,300 people could be ill in that country.

The Centers for Disease Control have issued a public health emergency and the federal government has released 25% of its stockpile of anti-viral medications to help combat the disease. Meantime, the World Health Organization is considering raising its pandemic alert level from a 3 to a 4.

The details of Sunday's meeting at the Boone Center have not been released and sources tell us that meetings will also take place on Monday.

Health officials advise anyone who has flu-like symptoms including fever, aches, and nausea to stay home and contact their health care provider.

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  • by Anonymous on Apr 27, 2009 at 12:57 PM
    hey ben, next time you feel like posting, don't.
  • by Amy Location: Richmond on Apr 27, 2009 at 10:41 AM
    OMG 20 people have it and United Sates out how many people, I think it's about 306 million. It is a pandemic everyone quick go and get hazard suites on, and into to your bunkers!!
  • by stacy Location: georgetown ky on Apr 27, 2009 at 08:47 AM
    hey upset,do not worry, it is not going to happen here in the state.
  • by ben Location: lex on Apr 27, 2009 at 08:42 AM
    Upset, next time you think you have a bright idea... think again. Trade and commerce has made this nation what it is.
  • by Upset Location: Hazard, KY on Apr 27, 2009 at 08:16 AM
    You see what happens when you want open borders. Leave the diseases in Mexico and wherever else they might come from. Let the governement use their brain and give them physicals before they leave the country and before they enter our country. It might just prevent the spread of disease. Stop importing stuff. Lets use our american resources and our american workers. Stop sending and receiving things overseas. Along with our work. Things and people coming and going overseas causes the spread of disease.
  • by ben Location: lex on Apr 27, 2009 at 07:08 AM
    Hey, Concerned, that's a fun OPINION. But you know what they say about OPINIONS. Next time you feel like stating your OPINION as fact, try backing it up with something. Don't know who "WE" is but I know who it's ain't....
  • by CJ Location: Ashland, KY on Apr 27, 2009 at 06:50 AM
    Health care should be the same for everyone. Those who must utilize stated-funded care receive health care, but believe me, it does not compare to those who have health insurance. We all should strive to see that with regards to health care, ALL PEOPLE ARE CREATED EQUAL, meaning quality care for all. I have personally witnessed the care of those who are underprivileged, and it is APPALLING. Call it "socialized" if you must, but the prime importance here is quality for all. May God be with all of us as we walk through trying times.
  • by health care 4 all Location: KY on Apr 27, 2009 at 06:22 AM
    I suppose you should hope that all of those sickened here have health insurance. Of course with the many millions who have lost their jobs within the past year many of those sickened have likely just lost coverage & will avoid going to the doctor until it becomes absolutely necessary. This may very well be what starts an outbreak in the US.
  • by Concerned Location: Kentucky on Apr 27, 2009 at 05:36 AM
    Where would we rather the USA where there is good health care or in Mexico, where there is bad health care? We don't need or want socialized medicine, or we'll be just like all the other countries who have tried it and KNOW it doesn't work. Hope all of those sickened here and elsewhere recover.


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