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Governor Rendell Announces Pennsylvania's First Confirmed Case of 2009 A/H1N1 Flu
Date:5/3/2009

Public Urged to Remain Calm; Take Commonsense Steps to Prevent Spreading Flu

NORRISTOWN, Pa., May 3 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Governor Edward G. Rendell today announced Pennsylvania's first laboratory-confirmed case of 2009 A/H1N1 in a 31-year-old man from Montgomery County.

"Now that Pennsylvania has a confirmed case, it is even more important for the public to understand and follow the commonsense steps that can help prevent the spread of the flu," said Governor Rendell. "Our Department of Health is working closely with all state agencies and local health departments to mitigate the impact of this flu on our citizens and will continue to keep the public informed of any developments."

The Governor was joined by Secretary of Health Everette James and acting Physician General Dr. Stephen Ostroff at a news conference held at the Montgomery County Health Department in Norristown.

"We encourage Pennsylvanians to remain calm and take time to learn about the 2009 A/H1N1 virus, especially what you should do if you have symptoms," said Secretary James. "The commonwealth is taking every possible step to prepare for and prevent the spread of the virus, including readying and deploying the commonwealth's stockpile of anti-viral drugs that will be used for treating either probable or confirmed cases and those in close contact with those individuals. So far, most cases have been relatively mild and treatable with the anti-virals."

The Department of Health has intensified surveillance efforts statewide and will continue to monitor the situation closely. On Thursday, Pennsylvania received its portion of the national anti-viral strategic stockpile which is being safely stored along with the existing state stockpile.

The department is coordinating the state's pandemic planning activities and educating the public and health care providers on the 2009 A/H1N1 virus.
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