Public Health: Currently, no cases of swine flu in County
The swine flu epidemic that is making national and international headlines hasn't made its way to Pierce County.
But, that doesn't mean County Health workers aren't taking action.
In a press release sent to local media outlets Thursday morning, Sue Galoff, Interim Director for the Health Department, announced that a 24/7 call line (715-273-6847) has been established with information for the public. She also added that health alert information has been forwarded to local health care providers, including clinics and hospitals.
Galoff said there are key points to remember about swine flu:
Swine flu is an infectious virus and can be spread from human to human, believed through coughing or sneezing of infected people.
There is currently no vaccine for this virus.
Signs and symptoms of swine flu are fever, cough, headache, severe body aches and in some cases diarrhea and vomiting. If you develop any of these symptoms, contact your local healthcare provider.
To stay healthy, Galoff said the following actions are recommended:
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 hands cleaners are also effective.
Avoid touching your eyes, nose or mouth. Germs spread that way.
She also said that swine flu can't be transmitted by food. If one does get sick, it's recommended that you stay home from work or school and limit contact with others to keep from infecting them.
Health officials said that there are three probable cases in Milwaukee and Adams counties in Wisconsin that are pending confirmation from the Centers for Disease Control (CDC). They also added for further information about swine flu, visit www.cdc.gov/swineflu/ or www.pandemic.wi.gov. According to the CDC website from Thursday morning, there have been over 100 laboratory confirmed cases in the U.S. with one death.