Swine Flu Information Print

On Sunday, April 26th, 2009, the Department of Homeland Security declared a public health emergency for a new strain of swine flu. This flu has killed as many as 81 and sickened more than 1,324 in Mexico and has spread to the United States. The arrival of this new flu virus is raising fears of a possible pandemic. Learn more about the disease and why it is causing concern among health officials.

Click here for the Centers for Disease Control website for continuous updates and important information about this new strain of flu.

Click here for the Virginia Dept of Health's website. 

Click here for the letter issued April 24th by Karen Remley, Commissioner of the Virginia Dept. of Health to all healthcare providers in the state of VA.

Virginia has a strong public health system and is well prepared to address the current situation. For example, tracking mechanisms are in place to identify individuals who have traveled to areas where they may have come in contact with the virus. Also, our local health districts are actively engaged in our response and are working closely with health care providers in their areas.

The Virginia Department of Health encourages anyone with influenza-like illness to follow these standard guidelines:

If you get sick, stay home from work or school and limit contact with others to keep from infecting them.
  • If you think you require medical attention, call your health care provider in advance so that they can take the necessary infection control precautions prior to your arrival.
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  • Cover your nose and mouth with a tissue when you cough or sneeze. Throw the tissue in the trash after you use it.
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  • Wash your hands often with soap and water, especially after you cough or sneeze. Alcohol-based hands cleaners are also effective.
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  • Try to avoid close contact with sick people.
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  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose or mouth. Germs spread that way.
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Virginia will continue to monitor this situation and will keep EMS providers informed.