Pa. issues swine flu advice to people, doctors

April 26, 2009 11:00:56 AM PDT
Pennsylvania state health officials said today there haven't been any confirmed cases of the swine flu in the state. However, they are stepping up their surveillance, to catch any that might be found.

And they are calling on all doctors to test anyone with a respiratory illness and a recent history of being in one of the areas where confirmed cases are - Mexico, Texas, California, Kansas, New York state, or Nova Scotia.

All flu cases reported to the state health department are "typed" to determine the strain. So far, one reported to the department this spring matches that of the "swine flu."

Cases have been confirmed in New York state, and Ohio, which border Pennsylvania.

The Health Department also urged anyone with a respiratory illness who was in one of the affected areas to see a doctor.

A department spokesperson told Action News that Pennsylvania has a reserve of Tamiflu, an antiviral which has been effective on the swine flu. The reserve was built as part of the state's pandemic planning. That Tamiflu could be used, in the event the outbreak cause a large number of cases in the state.

The state continues to be in close contact with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, which is spearheading the federal response to the flu outbreak. The spokesperson described the current situation as "fluid."

For more about the situation in Pa., log onto Pa. Dept. of Public Health

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