Monday, November 2, 2009

Spread of flu worrisome in county of Sacramento

Fifteen people in the county of Sacramento have died from H1N1, also known as Swine Flu. This worrisome high fatality rate has spurred the county health officer, Dr. Glennah Trochet, to urge state officers to call for a state of emergency.

"There's no disaster, and we are hoping to be able to control the crisis by calling the emergency early, rather than late," Trochet said, according to a KCRA report.

According to a page at the KCRA website:
What Are The Symptoms?
Swine flu symptoms include fever, lethargy, lack of appetite and coughing. Some people also get a runny nose, sore throat, nausea, vomiting or diarrhea.

Preventing The Spread
Doctors say the best way to prevent the spread of swine flu are to follow basic hygiene. Stay away from people who are ill, avoid contact when you can, wash your hands or use antibacterial lotion frequently and try not to put your hands near your face or mouth.
Spread of the disease throughout the Sacramento homeless community would cause enormous misery and, likely, a much higher fatality rate than among the metropolis's general population.

Homeless-help agencies have not been doing much to deter spread of the disease. It can only be hoped that they will soon begin to act aggressively.

Update 5:45pm: This just in, an article posted this afternoon in the Bee: "Sacramento health official calls for H1N1 flu emergency declaration."
Update 5:50pm: The county of Sacramento has issued a press release: Sacramento County H1N1 Update

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