Lubbock officials monitoring swine flu threat - KCBD NewsChannel 11 Lubbock

4/27/09

Lubbock officials monitoring swine flu threat

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LUBBOCK, TX (KCBD) - Monday, Lubbock officials are monitoring the possible threat of swine flu here on the South Plains. As of now the message is that there is no need to panic.

Becky Brawley with the Lubbock Health Department tells NewsChannel 11 they are keeping a close eye on the situation and trying to keep physicians informed. Brawley says the department gets e-mails from the state as items develop and then distribute that new information. She says anyone experiencing flu-like symptoms should see a doctor, but right now the health department is not conducting swine flu testing.

Governor Rick Perry has asked federal health officials to provide 850,000 more courses of antiviral medication for Texas, just as a precaution. But what can you do to help avoid the spread of swine flu? Texas health officials stress that if you are sick you should stay home. Also cover your coughs and sneezes and wash your hands frequently, with soap and water, or a hand sanitizer.

Coming up on NewsChannel 11 at 10 in a special Healthwise report, we'll take an in-depth look at the swine flu across the nation and the efforts Lubbock officials are taking to be prepared.

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