Swine flu continues to spread - KCBD NewsChannel 11 Lubbock


Swine flu continues to spread

LUBBOCK, TX (KCBD) - Swine flu continues to spread across Texas and the country but no confirmed cases have been found on the South Plains.

The Swine virus or type a H1N1 continues to spread across the country. With 91 confirmed cases from New York to California 16 of them right are here in Texas.

A toddler from Mexico City became the first person to die in the United States from the illness in Houston which prompted Governor Perry to declare a disaster for Texas. "I'm issuing a disaster proclamation today which covers the entire state. Obviously the virus has not been detected in every county, but this step will move Texas to a higher state alert and will release resources to address the spread of the virus," says Governor Rick Perry.

Governor perry says the Center for Disease Control and Prevention has approved his request for 850,000 more courses of anti-viral medication. Texas currently has 840,000 in stock.

As another precaution all UIL events have been canceled until May 11th because of the outbreak. That includes all academic and athletic events for Texas public high schools. Following UIL's decision the Lubbock Independent School District canceled all faculty and student travel as a preventative measure.

The Lubbock County Health Department says there are no confirmed cases of the flu in Lubbock or our viewing area. Health officials across the country say the best thing you can do is wash your hands.

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No swine flu in Lubbock, but officials are prepared
There is a lot of fear and confusion about the swine flu now that some are calling it a public health emergency. While West Texas is not involved yet, officials here are very much informed and making plans just in case.


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