Change in swine flu phase - April 29, 2009
This message is to notify you that the World Health Organization (WHO) has upgraded its alert to Phase 5 regarding swine flu.
The WHO defines Phase 5 as human-to-human spread of the virus into at least two countries in one WHO region. While most countries will not be affected at this stage, the declaration of Phase 5 is a strong signal that a pandemic is imminent. This means it is time for communities,to finalize the organization, communication, and implementation of planned mitigation measures.
There are more than 100 confirmed cases of swine flu in the United States and the first death -- a 23-month-old Mexican toddler in Texas -- has been confirmed.
Arizona currently has one confirmed case of swine flu in an eight-year-old, who attends Moon Mountain Elementary School. In light of this, the Maricopa County Department of Public Health has decided to close the school for seven days. If you have children in Arizona schools, please begin thinking about alternate daycare arrangements if your child’s school should close.
A pandemic does not necessarily mean it is more deadly than the average flu, it simply means that a larger number of the population may get sick. It can be mild in developed countries and more severe in underdeveloped countries. However, because this flu is spreading more quickly than typical flu and to larger numbers of the population, there may be impact to daily life.
Hand washing is still the most effective way to combat its spread. If you become sick, contact your manager or supervisor, stay home from work, see your doctor and limit contact with others to keep from infecting them.
For additional information on swine flu, visit www.cdc.gov.
[ 本帖最后由 九峰 于 2009-4-29 03:24 PM 编辑