Monday, April 27, 2009

Bobby Jindal on La. Swine Flu Precautions

La. Governor Bobby Jindal joins a host of other elected officials seeking to assure constituents that they've taken prudent precautions to protect citizens from swine flu. WWL TV New Orleans and other local stations report the following:

Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal issued a press conference on Sunday, outlining his plan to protect the state from the flu in the event of an outbreak.

“We are working very hard to get ahead of this virus, as we know we’ve seen it spread in a number of states already. We need to be prepared for our state,” Jindal said.

Jindal said that the Louisiana Department of Health and Hospitals were notified last week about the flu. The homeland security office has established an action team, and a surveillance team of doctors are spread outside the state to try and identify those who may have the flu.

There are currently 30,000 collection kits around the state given to hospitals to get samples of folks who may have the flu.

Jindal stressed that there are no reported cases in Louisiana. (WWL)

The station's story also chronicles outbreaks beginning in Mexico, considered to be the epicenter of the disease.

Click this link for a Louisiana Fact Sheet with symptoms and check for updates at the Louisiana community health website

In addition, the federal Centers for Disease Control has swine flu facts and information. The site has a podcast by Dr. Joe Bresee telling more about swine flu, including some history, and here's an excerpt from its Swine Flu and You section:

How long can viruses live outside the body?
We know that some viruses and bacteria can live 2 hours or longer on surfaces like cafeteria tables, doorknobs, and desks. Frequent handwashing will help you reduce the chance of getting contamination from these common surfaces.

What can I do to protect myself from getting sick?
There is no vaccine available right now to protect against swine flu. There are everyday actions that can help prevent the spread of germs that cause respiratory illnesses like influenza. Take these everyday steps to protect your health:

  • 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 hand cleaners are also effective.
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose or mouth. Germs spread this way.
  • Try to avoid close contact with sick people.
  • If you get sick with influenza, CDC recommends that you stay home from work or school and limit contact with others to keep from infecting them.

What is the best way to keep from spreading the virus through coughing or sneezing?

If you are sick, limit your contact with other people as much as possible. Do not go to work or school if ill. Cover your mouth and nose with a tissue when coughing or sneezing. It may prevent those around you from getting sick. Put your used tissue in the waste basket. Cover your cough or sneeze if you do not have a tissue. Then, clean your hands, and do so every time you cough or sneeze.

What is the best way to keep from spreading the virus through coughing or sneezing?
If you are sick, limit your contact with other people as much as possible. Do not go to work or school if ill. Cover your mouth and nose with a tissue when coughing or sneezing. It may prevent those around you from getting sick. Put your used tissue in the waste basket. Cover your cough or sneeze if you do not have a tissue. Then, clean your hands, and do so every time you cough or sneeze.

What is the best technique for washing my hands to avoid getting the flu?
Washing your hands often will help protect you from germs. Wash with soap and water. or clean with alcohol-based hand cleaner. we recommend that when you wash your hands -- with soap and warm water -- that you wash for 15 to 20 seconds. When soap and water are not available, alcohol-based disposable hand wipes or gel sanitizers may be used. You can find them in most supermarkets and drugstores. If using gel, rub your hands until the gel is dry. The gel doesn't need water to work; the alcohol in it kills the germs on your hands.

What should I do if I get sick?
If you live in areas where swine influenza cases have been identified and become ill with influenza-like symptoms, including fever, body aches, runny nose, sore throat, nausea, or vomiting or diarrhea, you may want to contact their health care provider, particularly if you are worried about your symptoms. Your health care provider will determine whether influenza testing or treatment is needed.

If you are sick, you should stay home and avoid contact with other people as much as possible to keep from spreading your illness to others.

If you become ill and experience any of the following warning signs, seek emergency medical care.

In children emergency warning signs that need urgent medical attention include:

  • Fast breathing or trouble breathing
  • Bluish skin color
  • Not drinking enough fluids
  • Not waking up or not interacting
  • Being so irritable that the child does not want to be held
  • Flu-like symptoms improve but then return with fever and worse cough
  • Fever with a rash
In adults, emergency warning signs that need urgent medical attention include:
  • Difficulty breathing or shortness of breath
  • Pain or pressure in the chest or abdomen
  • Sudden dizziness
  • Confusion
  • Severe or persistent vomiting
Read more at the CDC.

Eating pork is not the cause of Swine Flu as some people think. If it is contracted by humans, it usually starts with people who've come in contact with pigs.

The following videos are from CNN regarding a potential swine flu epidemic or pandemic. The disease is reportedly more difficult to control than Bird Flu.

2 comments:

underOvr (aka The U) said...

Thanks for sharing the health information regarding swine flu.

U

msladydeborah said...

The O-State has one reported case of Swine flue so far.

I am glad to see that this is being taken seriously. Because from what I have learned about Swine Flu does not sound good for anyone's story.

what I want to know is this. With the current Just Say No to the POTUS stance of the GOP, if there is an outbreak will they refuse to accept the vaccine from the Feddie's stockpile? Will Texas be so effin' indepdent that their government will refuse health aid?

I feel for the people in Mexico. Ther is nothing like a good health scare to make you realize how precious life is. I hope that all those who have been infected with this virus will be blessed with a healing.