With increasing concerns over the potential spread of the H1N1 strain of influenza known as swine flu, State Representative Tony Hwang today released information on resources regarding the virus which are available to the public. As of this afternoon 109 cases of swine flu have been confirmed in the United States.”Governor Rell has ordered the Department of Public Health to distribute nearly 10,000 treatment courses of antiviral medication to the state’s acute care hospitals as a precaution against the spread of swine flu. At this time there have been no confirmed cases in Connecticut, however the Department of Health has identified two students in Fairfield as potentially infected,” said Representative Hwang. “While we await the results of swabs from those students from the Center for Disease Control it is best to remain vigilant and informed which is why I am making an effort to publicize all available swine flu resources.”
STATE SWINE FLU WEBSITE: Hwang noted that in the State of Connecticut, a web resource has been established at www.ct.gov/ctfluwatch . On this site the latest news and information on the status of swine flu and any confirmed cases which may arise in the state will be available. Flu prevention tips are also available on the state site.
CDC SWINE FLU WEBSITE: The Center for Disease Control (CDC) also has a site available at www.cdc.gov/swineflu which gives general information, press briefings, and nationwide confirmed cases categorized by state.
“While a handful of schools in Connecticut have closed as a precaution, it is important to remember that there are no confirmed cases in the state yet,” said Hwang. “No one should panic, however those with travel plans to travel to Mexico should heed the travel warning issued by the CDC to avoid that country at this time. State government and health officials are monitoring this situation statewide and the public should use the resources available to keep themselves informed.”
**UPDATE: As of Friday, May 5th there are FOURTEEN confirmed case of H1N1 swine flu in Connecticut. Eight are in FAIRFIELD, one each in Glastonbury,Manchester, Middlefield North Granby, Stratford and Wethersfuield. No cases have been severe enough to warrant hospitalization.