Litchfield Park Emergency Management
Notes from Press Briefing
April 30, 2009 1:00 pm
Dr. Bob England
Maricopa County Department of Public Health
?The preferred name for the current virus is H1N1. It can not be traced to swine as the initial carrier and the term swine flu carries the wrong message.
?There are currently 4 confirmed cases of the H1N1 Virus in Arizona. All are school age children. There will probably be more cases confirmed.
?Two of the cases have caused the closing of elementary schools for seven days. The schools close for seven days to help prevent the spread of the virus. If any children have the virus at the end of the seven days, they are not to return to school until they have recovered.
?One of the children became sick over the weekend so the child was not contagious at school. That child’s school has not been closed.
?The fourth child’s illness is still under investigation.
?These extra precautions are being taken because this is a new virus. At the present it is acting like the normal flu virus common to AZ. After this virus is observed longer and authorities determine the severity of the virus the decision to close schools may or may not continue.
?VERY IMPORTANT: If you have flu symptoms but are not intensely ill do not go to the emergency room or clinic. If you can’t breathe, can’t keep fluids down, have a very severe headache, call your doctor or go to the emergency room or clinic. If you have “regular” flu symptoms then take the normal precautions. Stay home, drink plenty of fluids, rest and in a few days you should be well. The clinics are being over run with individuals who are over reacting to their symptoms.