Colorado prepares for possible swine flu cases |

Colorado prepares for possible swine flu cases

DENVER ” Gov. Bill Ritter has asked the federal government to send antiviral drugs and masks to Colorado so the state will be ready for a possible outbreak of swine flu in the state.

Ritter said and state health officials said Sunday said there were no reported cases in Colorado of the illness that has apparently killed dozens of people in Mexico and turned up in five states in the U.S. But the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment has opened its emergency operations center and is working with Denver health officials to alert travelers at Denver International Airport of the flu.

The state health department has also set up a phone line to answer people’s questions.

There is a total 20 confirmed cases in California, Kansas, New York, Ohio and Texas.

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