City Health Officer Declares Local Health Emergency Due to Probable Swine Influenza at CSULB
2009-04-30 · By Editor
The City of Long Beach Department of Health and Human Services (Health Department) is awaiting confirmation on the first probable case of swine influenza in Long Beach. The probable case is a student at CSULB, who started having flu-like symptoms on Sunday, April 26, 2009 and visited the student health center the next day. Because the symptoms matched those closely related to swine flu, precautionary measures were taken immediately. Although the student has not attended class all this week, all students within her dormitory as well as faculty and classmates were informed. Additional screening is being conducted among those who have been in close contact with the student.
The student is taking Tamiflu and responding well to medical treatment.
As of today the total number of U.S. cases has risen to 91 confirmed cases, including one death (of a small child, reported to have been brought to Texas for treatment from Mexico). The number of cases in California has also risen, bringing the number of cases for the State up to 14 confirmed cases, within 3 counties.
As a consequence of the probable case of swine influenza A, Helene Calvet, M.D., Long Beach City Health Officer, has determined that a health emergency exists in Long Beach and is making a local health emergency declaration. The declaration allows the Health Department to request the release of a local stockpile of Tamiflu to treat potential affected individuals, and also is necessary to seek reimbursement from the federal government.
The Health Department is actively monitoring the swine flu incident and working with Campus Administration and Student Health Services. A team of public health professionals are continuing disease surveillance and working with our local physicians and hospitals. Health Department staff have also met with CSULB officials to assist them in addressing the probable cases of influenza on campus.
It is important for people to prevent the spread of this and any strain of influenza by remembering to practice healthy habits to prevent catching or spreading the flu by:
- Wash hands with soap and water or a hand sanitizer frequently
- Avoid close contact with people who are sick
- Stay home from work or school if you are sick
- Cover your mouth and nose with a tissue when you cough or sneeze, or cough or
- sneeze into clothing (sleeves)
- Eat healthy food, drink plenty of water, exercise, get plenty of rest, do not smoke and avoid alcoholic beverages.
Remember, if you are sick please see your physician and stay home from work or school. Sick individuals should maintain good hand hygiene, washing your hands at least 20 seconds with warm water and soap frequently, and carefully covering coughs and sneezes.
For more information, call the public health information line at 562.570.4499, or visit www.longbeach.gov/health or the CDC website www.cdc.gov/swineflu.