New York Gov. David Paterson has directed the state Department of Health to monitor and respond to possible cases of swine flu. Paterson directed the department on Saturday to mobilize its infectious disease, epidemiology, laboratory and disaster preparedness staff after New York City health officials reported that at least eight high school students were likely sickened by swine flu.
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City health officials have said they don't know whether the students have the same strain of the virus that has killed scores of people in Mexico.
Paterson says that 1,500 treatment courses of the antiviral Tamiflu have been sent to New York City.
The state Department of Health has set up a hot line number for residents who have questions about the swine influenza. That number is 1-800-808-1987.
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