Health chief says NJ prepared for swine flu

April 27, 2009 10:53:38 AM PDT
While there are no confirmed cases yet of the swine flu in New Jersey, health officials expect the Garden State to see some. Health Commissioner Heather Howard says given New Jersey's proximity to New York and diverse population, the outbreak may soon reach across the Hudson River.

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  • Howard says the state is well prepared, having stocked up on Tamiflu - the medicine used to treat influenza. She says the state has increased surveillance of influenza cases and state testing labs are ready.

    The swine flu has sickened people in New York, Kansas, California, Texas and Ohio.

    New Jersey Congressman Frank Pallone, chairman of a House subcommittee on health, scheduled an emergency hearing on the outbreak for Thursday.

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    ADDITIONAL RESOURCES

    For facts about influenza, and more information about swine flu, please visit the Health Department and CDC websites. Some specific resources:

    From New York City Health Department

    Facts about flu
    http://www.nyc.gov/html/doh/html/cd/cdinflu.shtml

    From Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

    General information about swine flu
    http://www.cdc.gov/swineflu/general_info.htm

    Swine Flu Case Definitions
    http://www.cdc.gov/swineflu/casedef_swineflu.htm

    Swine Flu Infection Control and Patient Care
    http://www.cdc.gov/swineflu/guidelines_infection_control.htm

    Preventing the Flu
    http://www.cdc.gov/flu/protect/habits.htm


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