Swine Flu: Are We Ready?

By: Joe Gagnon Email
By: Joe Gagnon Email

Now that the disease is within our state borders, is Mesa County getting ready for a possible outbreak here?
The preparation starts in the newly formed Swine Flu Command Center...
For years now the Department of Health and Human Services has been running drills to get ready for some sort of oubreak, and now that training may be put to the test.
First off, health officials want the public to be cautious but not panicked.
Which is the mood for the County's top health officials.
Doctor Michael Aduddell heads the Mesa County Swine Flu Command Center, "We've been preparing for pandemic influenza for some time now," he says.
The biggest problem about the disease is the unknown.
Is it dangerous, and can it be stopped, many health officials don't know.
When asked if the virus can mutate into something more deadly Dr. Aduddell says, "Those are questions we don't have answers for right now, but certainly this virus could become more severe as time passes."
Right now the department is waiting for a load of supplies heading to the Western Slope a round of TamaFlu treatments enough for about a quarter of the population.
When those will be distributed will be dictated only if and when the swine flu erupts in Mesa County.
There was one suspected case of swine flu from Mesa County, a sample from the person was sent to the State Health Department and this afternoon that case was confirmed as negative.

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