Swine Flu- Are We Safe in Nevada?
According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), a human cases of swine influenza A (H1N1) virus have been found in cities in California and Texas. In Mexico City in Mexico, the situation is a lot of more serious with hundreds of cases. The CDC and WHO are monitoring the situation. Swine flu
According my friend and colleague, Dr. Juan Fraga, emergency physician in Mexico City, there have been 20 deaths and over 800 cases reported. I take Dr. Fraga ‘s word because I have known him within the International Association of Emergency Managers for over 5 years.
What is Swine Flu?
Swine flu is a respiratory disease from pigs caused by type A influenza. It often results in high levels of illness and low levels of mortality.
Should We be Worried in Nevada?
Given that most of the cases reported so far are in the West ie San Diego, in California and San Antonio, Texas, there is slide chance of concern for us in the West. I say this because of the fact that we are highly mobile these days. We fly in and out of cities for work and it is hard to know when you come in contact with someone coming from a virulent city or area.
If you look back to SARS of 2002 and 2003, you will have justification for my slide worries because the disease made its way from Asia to Canada with a matter of days due to international travel.
Well, this is only a concern, so please do not take it out of context.
So What Can You Do About This?
Check out this link: Basic information about Swine Flu