Monday, April 27, 2009

Nixon Preps For Swine Flu

Governor Jay Nixon announced that Missouri officials have stockpiled enough antiviral medications to treat more than 600,000 cases of swine flu.
The worldwide outbreak over the weekend prompted the Nixon administration to request Missouri's share of federal medical supplies. The feds are in the process of providing additional doses, 3 million surgical masks and 3 million enhanced medical masks.

There are no confirmed cases of swine flu in Missouri yet. The virus is blamed for deaths in Mexico and illnesses in five U.S. states - California, Texas, New York, Ohio and Kansas. 40 cases have been confirmed by the Centers of Disease Control.

Health and Senior Services Secretary Margaret Donnelly is working with medical facilities to increase detection of any cases in the state and working to put together a pandemic preparedness plan in place.

NBC Science Correspondent Robert Bazell: "There is uncertainty just how bad this is going to be. It really could be awful. It could kill millions of people like the pandemic of 1918 did or it could die out. Right now the health officials just don't know."

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