Summit Health Department revving up for any outbreaks
April 26, 2009
SUMMIT COUNTY ” The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services declared a public Health Emergency due to 20 confirmed cases of swine flu in the United States.
“The state said there’s no confirmed cases in Colorado yet,” said Paulette Horr, spokesperson for the Summit County Sheriff’s Office.
However, the Summit County Public Health Department is revving up for any potential outbreak.
The health department instructs anyone with influenza-like symptoms ” including fever, body aches, cough, runny nose, sore throat, nausea, or vomiting or diarrhea” to contact a health-care provider.
A press release issued by the county noted that the virus is not transmitted by eating or preparing pork products. The county also suggests that people consider stocking their homes with necessary items in preparation of having to stay home for an extended period of time if an outbreak occurs.
For information about sheltering at home, visit the Red Cross website at http://www.redcross.org/preparedness/cdc. For general information ” in English and Spanish ” about the swine flu, visit the Centers for Disease Control at http://www.cdc.gov/swineflu/
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For additional information or questions, contact Summit County Public Health Department at (970) 668-9161.