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Important: Swine Flu update

From: Muzna
Sent on: Thursday, April 30, 2009 9:47 AM

I am working in the CDC "emergency operations center "these days, and will keep sending updates. We are preparing for the worst. there is no reason to panic now but with proper preparation, hopefully, we all can survive this public health event.

here is the latest info from CDC. please note the highlights:
  • get updates from CDC Swine Flu website.
  • Folks above 60, please take your Pneumovax shot / vaccine. dont delay it any longer, take it now, it may take up to 3 wks for the immunity to fully kick in and that may be all the time you have before the virus hits your community   (CDC is not officially recommending this as they assume that all 65 and older folks have taken their Pneumovax shots. the fact is, most of us have not, so this is the time to catch up.
  • Stock up on dry, frozen and canned food, and water (if possible) for at least 3-4 weeks. e.g., rice, noodles, lentils, beans, powder milk, etc
  • Store medicines, facemasks, alcohol-based hand rubs and other essential supplies
  • avoid unnecessary crowded gatherings and keep a distance from people (Pakistanis need to start building this habit now. avoid shaking hands and hugging when you meet even though you and the other persons may not appear sick). 6 ft distance is safe.
  • Recommended Facemasks are N-95
Please forward to all you know. and see the routine instructions with the forwarded e-mail below.


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From: CDC <[address removed]>
Date: Wed, 29 Apr[masked]:40:25 -0500 (CDT)
Subject: CDC Confirms 91 Swine Flu Cases in 10 States & First U.S. Death; Urges Health Habits

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The outbreak of disease in people caused by a new influenza virus of swine origin continues to grow in the United States and internationally. Today, CDC reports additional confirmed human infections, hospitalizations and the nation���s first fatality from this outbreak. The more recent illnesses and the reported death suggest that a pattern of more severe illness associated with this virus may be emerging in the U.S. Most people will not have immunity to this new virus and, as it continues to spread, more cases, more hospitalizations and more deaths are expected in the coming days and weeks.

CDC has implemented its emergency response. The agency���s goals are to reduce transmission and illness severity, and provide information to help health care providers, public health officials and the public address the challenges posed by the new virus. Yesterday, CDC issued new interim guidance for clinicians on how to care for children and pregnant women who may be infected with this virus. Young children and pregnant women are two groups of people who are at high risk of serious complications from seasonal influenza. In addition, CDC���s Division of the Strategic National Stockpile (SNS) continues to send antiviral drugs, personal protective equipment, and respiratory protection devices to all 50 states and U.S. territories to help them respond to the outbreak. The swine influenza A (H1N1) virus is susceptible to the prescription antiviral drugs oseltamivir and zanamivir. This is a rapidly evolving situation and CDC will provide updated guidance and new information as it becomes available.

As of 11:00 AM ET on April 29, 2009, CDC has confirmed 91 human cases of swine flu in 10 states and 1 death:

  • Arizona: 1
  • California: 14
  • Indiana: 1
  • Kansas: 2
  • Massachusetts: 2
  • Michigan: 2
  • Nevada: 1
  • New York: 51
  • Ohio: 1
  • Texas: 16 (1 death)

This information has recently been updated,

International Human Cases of Swine Flu Infection

For information about investigation into cases outside the United States, see the World Health Organization website.

What You Can Do to Stay Healthy

  • Stay informed. This website will be updated regularly as information becomes available.
  • Influenza is thought to spread mainly person-to-person through coughing or sneezing of infected people.
  • Take everyday actions to stay healthy.
    • Cover your nose and mouth with a tissue when you cough or sneeze. Throw the tissue in the trash after you use it.
    • Wash your hands often with soap and water, especially after you cough or sneeze. Alcohol-based hands cleaners are also effective.
    • Avoid touching your eyes, nose or mouth. Germs spread that way.
    • Stay home if you get sick. CDC recommends that you stay home from work or school and limit contact with others to keep from infecting them.
  • Follow public health advice regarding school closures, avoiding crowds and other social distancing measures.
  • Develop a family emergency plan as a precaution. This should include storing a supply of food, medicines, facemasks, alcohol-based hand rubs and other essential supplies.
  • Call 1-800-CDC-INFO for more information.

For more information on what you can to stay safe and healthy, check the CDC Swine Flu website.

Additional Updates on the CDC Swine Flu Website 

To learn about other updates made to the CDC Swine Flu Website in the past 24 hours, please check the "What's New" page on the CDC Swine Flu website.


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Muzna Mirza, MD, MSHI

Public Health Informatics Fellow, CDC, GA

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