Wednesday, April 29, 2009

CalFire Team Activation - CalFire Incident Command Team #3

Swine flu IC: The command and general staff from Incident Command Team 3 were activated to plan and prepare for a major outbreak of swine flu.
IC Location: Sacramento.

Update: 4-29-09 AM - Breaking News: Possible outbreak at Twenty-Nine Palms Marine base. One Marine "may have the swine flu", according to the commandant of the Marine Corps.

It is estimated that 250,000 to 500,000 die each year worldwide from the "Common Flu"
13,000 have died from complications resulting from the "Common Flu" since January.
As of right now no U.S. citizen has died from Swine flu in the US. 1 young visitor from Mexico has died in Texas.
From 1-2005 to 1-2009 12 human cases in U.S. No deaths
Egypt: Slaughtering all pigs in the country....

This is not a drill, but a significant risk that needs to be addressed calmly, factually, and through implementation of pre-planned preparedness measures.
CDC - Influenza (Flu) | Swine Influenza (Flu) - Case Count (April 29, 2009)
Swine Influenza (Flu) - Swine Flu website last updated April 29, 11:00 AM ET

U.S. Human Cases of Swine Flu Infection
(As of April 29, 2009, 11:00 AM ET)
  • Arizona 1
  • California 14
  • Indiana 1
  • Kansas 2
  • Massachusetts 2
  • Michigan 2
  • Nevada 1
  • New York City 51
  • Ohio 1
  • Texas 16 / 1
  • TOTAL COUNTS 91 cases 1 death
Use common sense: Handwashing, Cover mouth if cough or sneeze, Stay home if sick.

Yesterday, CDC issued new interim guidance for clinicians on how to care for children and pregnant women who may be infected with this virus.

Young children and pregnant women are two groups of people who are at high risk of serious complications from seasonal influenza.

CDC alert: Do not travel to Mexico unless you absolutely need to.
Websites:
Flu trackers forum: http://www.flutrackers.com/forum/forumdisplay.php?f=1517
WHO pandemic alert level: http://www.who.int/csr/disease/avian.../en/index.html
CDC on Swine Flu Facts: http://www.cdc.gov/swineflu/key_facts.htm
Previous Cal Fire News links: http://calfire.blogspot.com/2009/04/swine-flu-governor-has-declared-state.html

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