As of 1:00 p.m. April 27, 2009, there have been no reported cases of swine flu in Missouri. Local health officials, first responders, community representatives and the Emergency Management Director met today to discuss the evolving swine flu situation. Butler County has increased its disease surveillance, and remains in constant contact with state health department officials. The Butler County Health Department is providing information from the Center for Disease Control (CDC), related to swine flu, to local media outlets, community leaders and the public. Additionally, the health department has notified healthcare providers, child care facilities, restaurants, etc. in Butler County regarding guidelines for the identification and treatment of swine flu.
At this time, the health department advises citizens to be aware of the symptoms of swine flu and contact their primary care physician if they become ill with these symptoms. Also, it is important to adhere to the following personal protective measures:
• Wash your hands thoroughly and frequently with hot, soapy water. If water is unavailable, use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer and allow dry completely.
• Cover your nose and mouth with a tissue or sleeve when you cough or sneeze.
• Stay home if you hare sick.
• Avoid contact with infected persons, or persons experiencing flu-like symptoms.
Symptoms of the swine flu are similar to that of seasonal flu and include fever, cough, sore throat, body aches, headache, chills and fatigue. Some people have reported vomiting and diarrhea associated with swine flu. Like seasonal flu, swine flu may cause a worsening of underlying chronic medical conditions.
For more information on swine flu, please visit www.cdc.gov/swineflu/. For questions about your own personal medical symptoms and conditions, please contact your physician.
This information was provided by:
Butler County Health Department
1619 N. Main St.
Poplar Bluff, MO 63901