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for urgent medical attention.
Swine Flu Colorado
It is possible swine flu may have already spread to Colorado.
The tests of a suspected swine flu case at Sky Ridge Medical Center have been sent to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention for analysis, said hospital spokeswoman Linda Watson.The spokeswoman for the Lone Tree hospital would not elaborate on the age and gender of the person with suspected swine flu, or where they live, but said the patient was swabbed Monday and the tests were sent to the CDC shortly thereafter. Results are expected on Tuesday.
"This is to pre-position these supplies. We are not planning distribution at this time. Currently there appears to be no commercial shortage of antiviral medication in the state so we anticipate we will have adequate supplies between the national stockpile and the personal healthcare system."Calonge said the best way to prevent the spread of the swine flu is to reduce one's risk by washing hands and taking other personal precautions. Residents should also have a "shelter in place" plan with enough supplies such as food and water for a few days, he said.The state is asking individuals with mild flu-like symptoms to stay at home -- regardless of travel history."Children and adolescents with fever should not go to school or day care. Adults with fever should not go to work until their symptoms resolve," Calonge said. "Those with respiratory complications or medical indications that could be worsened by the flu should contact their health care provider.
"More than 1,600 cases of swine flu have been reported in Mexico, and the suspected death toll is nearly 150. There are 40 confirmed cases in the United States with cases in New York, California, Ohio, Kansas and Texas. Two other states have potential cases under investigation. Worldwide there were 73 cases, including six in Canada, one in Spain and two in Scotland.The World Health Organization raised its global alert level on the spreading swine flu from a Phase 3 to a Phase 4, meaning there is sustained human-to-human transmission of the virus causing outbreaks in at least one country."This does not change our current response or our current plans," Calonge said. "Our response, according to CDC guidelines, needs to be based on local activity and needs to be mirror the severity of the illness."