State Addresses Swine Flu Concerns

It's a health alert that's going global. As the swine flu sickens thousands, it's even prompted fear and questions here in Kentucky.

While there are no confirmed cases in the bluegrass state, health officials aren't taking any chances.

The outbreak started in Mexico, before spreading to other countries. In the U.S., confirmed cases are scattered across California, Texas, Kansas, Ohio and New York.

Mexico remains ground zero where all schools are closed until May 6th. There have been 149 deaths and nearly two thousand people hospitalized.

Americans are now advised to not travel to Mexico, unless it's essential. It's all a prescription for more pain for the travel industry. Oil and stock prices sank Monday.

On Monday state leaders addressed what's being done to prepare for the potential of the swine flu here.

Public Health Commissioner William Hacker advised people to be concerned, not panicked. He urged people to take simple steps like washing their hands to stop the spread of the disease.

Officials with the Lexington Fayette County Health Department are also preparing for the potential of swine flu here in Kentucky; they have set up a phone bank armed with nurses and other health officials.

All are ready to answer questions about the swine flu and help concerned citizens determine if they need to be seen by a doctor. That number is 859-288-7529.

Since the swine flu did originate in Mexico, Health Officials in Lexington say they are preparing for cases to be confirmed here, largely because of the migrant population.

They say the swine flu is basically a strain of the flu virus that can be passed from pig to pig or pig to person. They say the symptoms are the same as any other flu; aching, coughing, fever and sneezing.

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  • by Anonymous Location: Clark County on Apr 30, 2009 at 09:21 AM
    to MG, George Washington would have been an illegal immigrant. Just FYI.
  • by MG on Apr 29, 2009 at 01:05 PM
    I dont think anyone said to stop immigration, but just do it legally. I don't care if 3 billion people come here as long as their all legal and pay taxes just like me. Now in times of viral outbreaks though, restrict the borders until things clear up for sure.
  • by Anonymous Location: Clark on Apr 29, 2009 at 10:29 AM
    For those people who think we should stop immigration, America is created on the basis of a melting pot. If it wasn't for immigrants in America, the only race would be Native Americans. Also Mexico is not considered to be a third world country.
  • by me on Apr 29, 2009 at 06:08 AM
    to Jay, are you kidding, how can people just visiting mexico bring it back an not the ones that live there crossing the border,,that just dont make sence, and the mex should be sent back asap, let them with every other nationality go by the book to get here, the law is there where is the gov there, in my house that is where.
  • by Justin Location: Lexington on Apr 29, 2009 at 06:03 AM
    Ray in Hampton, while I certainly see your point about it not being in all 50 states, you're dealing with the laws of probability. There's no way to assume that an even number of people from each state all came in contact with an infected Mexican. There's also no guarantee that an even number of Americans from each state traveled to Mexico. Again, I see your point but I have a hard time believing that it would be evenly spread. Perhaps you're onto something though, I didn't think about that.
  • by me Location: ky on Apr 29, 2009 at 05:18 AM
    think this is a way to thin the herd befor universal healthcare takes effect, they dont want all these old and sick people wanting medical help, they figure that if you get this flu then you were not healthy in the first place.
  • by kyle Location: lexington on Apr 28, 2009 at 06:13 PM
    i agree!!!!! who cares! we got coach cal!!!!!!!!!!!
  • by MG on Apr 28, 2009 at 02:03 PM
    Regardless of whether it is returning Americans, or mexican immigrants, it has been confirmed that the majority of the problem is coming from Mexico. So either way we should start quarintine on the border and be MUCH more restrictive. The immigrant issue is a later problem. A virus will eventually be the end of the human race as we don't have any natural barriers anymore and cover the whole planet. Most animals are in 'packs' so diseases can't kill the whole species.. but not us. Seriously this has to be taken serious and we need to work towards prevention now before it gets spread more. BTW I would still say close the border if it were Canada so its not a racial thing.
  • by Amy Location: Richmond on Apr 28, 2009 at 12:15 PM
    This remains me of 1976, 1000's were sick 30 die in the United States. Oh wait that was from the vaccination, only one person die from the flu.
  • by Diane Location: Mt.Sterling on Apr 28, 2009 at 11:03 AM
    If I'm not mistaken we've already dealt with the swine flu back in the 1970's. If my memory serves me correctly, they rushed to get a vaccine developed. When they administered the vaccines more people died and were disabled from the vaccines than actually died from swine flu. One person in the United States died during the 1970's outbreak. Five Hundred or so either died or were paralyzed by the vaccine. My point is this, Lets not panic but let reason prevail. The Bush administration stockpiled 50 million rounds of anti-viral. But I know for some people Thanks will be long in coming for the Bush administration. He left us prepared. So calm down and remain alert, not freaked out.
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