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posted on April 29, 2009 11:18
The Idaho State Laboratory continues to test samples from people with flu-like illnesses from across the state. However, no positive samples have been detected. The state will update lab reports on the Idaho Department of Health and Welfare web site, at www.swineflu.idaho.gov, at 2 p.m. each day to inform the media and public of possible infections.
 
“Government at every level is better positioned than ever to help people prepare for and respond to situations like this H1N1 outbreak. The coordinated efforts of local, state and federal responders should be a comfort to us all. But the bottom line is that individuals and families must act on their own to reduce their chances of contracting this or any other illness,” Governor C.L. “Butch” Otter said. “The State of Idaho is ready to help, and I applaud the work of our Department of Health and Welfare, Bureau of Homeland Security and local health districts to protect and reassure the public.”
 
The state, public health district, and medical providers continue to aggressively monitor all reports of flu-like illnesses in the state. People who have a recent travel history to areas affected by swine flu and who are suffering from flu symptoms should contact their healthcare provider. People who have no travel history should call their healthcare provider if their symptoms would normally warrant a visit to their doctor. People who do not have any symptoms should not be tested for swine flu.
 
Symptoms of the swine flu are similar to seasonal flu and include fever, cough, sore throat, body aches, headache, chills and fatigue. Some people have reported diarrhea and vomiting. The best thing people can do to stay healthy is simple, but incredibly effective—wash your hands frequently, cover your cough, and stay home from work or school if you are sick. People cannot contract the infection from eating pork.
  
Although disease experts and public health officials are learning new information about the swine flu everyday, much remains unknown. Because of this, public health officials continue to prepare for possible infections in our state. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention will ship Idaho enough medications to treat over 50,000 people with illnesses. The medications and other supplies are enroute, and will be placed strategically throughout the state for emergency use.
 
This also is a good reminder for families to review their emergency plans and resources. If the situation would worsen and infections spread, people may be asked to stay home from work or school. Because of this possibility, people are asked to have food and emergency supplies stocked in their homes. Helpful information is available at www.ReadyIdaho.org.
 
For people who may be traveling to affected areas, travel information and recommendations are available from the CDC at: www.cdc.gov/travel.
 
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