Friday, September 18, 2009

Gov. Perry says Texas prepared for more swine flu

Texas Gov. Rick Perry and other state officials said Monday that while swine flu still poses a risk, they’re better prepared for any outbreak as traditional flu season nears and students return to school.Local school officials in Texas, which reported some of the first U.S. cases and the first deaths attributed to the virus, can decide to close a school if students or staff become ill, but schools will not automatically be closed as they were last April when the virus first emerged.
Texas has 2.5 million courses of anti-viral medications on hand. It has requested another 800,000 from federal health officials as the traditional flu season nears. The medication can be used to treat both illnesses, though a swine flu vaccine won’t be available until mid-October...

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