LUBBOCK, TX (KCBD) - There are still NO confirmed cases of H1-N1, or swine flu, in Lubbock County at this time. Just one week after the illness hit the U.S., the government is digging into the science of the virus. What it looks like, how it behaves and what it responds to so a vaccine can be developed.
Nearly 200 Americans are infected today, across a third of the nation, but none here on the South Plains. However, Lubbock city officials are taking preventive measures in case the virus spreads here. The City of Lubbock is busy laying out contingency plans, just in case swine flu spreads here.
At Citibus they want to assure everyone they are taking precautionary, preventive steps to disinfect buses every night using a chemical spray that kills germs including the H1-N1 virus. We want to reiterate, there are no confirmed cases in Lubbock County at this time, these steps are just to be proactive.
Congressman Randy Neugebauer says he feels the federal government has a handle on the health situation as well. "We are very concerned about what's going on with this h1n1 virus, and I think the good news is the federal government is out on the front of this. This is not something you want to be behind the curve on, so we're monitoring the cases," he said.
The Lubbock Health Department says the most important thing anyone can do is wash your hands, and stay home if you are sick.
Many Lubbock residents are taking that advice to heart, so much that many local stores are now out of hand sanitizer. We'll have more on that story new at 10.