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Pennsylvania Working Closely With Federal Partners to Contain Impact of Swine Flu
Date:4/27/2009

Federal Health and Human Services Department declares a Public Health Emergency

HARRISBURG, Pa., April 27 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- The Commonwealth of Pennsylvania is working with federal officials to contain the impact of an outbreak of swine flu in Mexico that resulted in the declaration of a national public health emergency in the United States.

The Department of Health is working to educate the public and health care providers of recommended steps to prepare for potential cases of swine influenza in Pennsylvania.

"At this point we do not have any confirmed cases of swine influenza in Pennsylvania, but we remain in constant communication with health officials at all levels," said Health Secretary Everette James. "We are committed to keeping our health care providers, local health agencies, and the public informed as this situation develops."

"The federal public health emergency declaration is simply a tool that allows for preparation and mobilization of resources to plan for and respond to this virus outbreak if we begin to see cases in Pennsylvania," said Pennsylvania Emergency Management Agency Director Robert French. "We are coordinating our activities closely with our federal partners and all the public health and emergency agencies across the state," said French.

The Department of Health has notified health care providers across Pennsylvania to be watchful for patients with influenza-like illness who may have been exposed to the new swine flu strain and to immediately inform the local health department of any suspected cases. The department will assist all health care providers in evaluating the patients, recommending control measures, and assisting in specimen collection and testing when indicated.

This notification follows confirmation of a new strain of swine influenza A/H1N1 virus in Mexico and five locations in the U.S., including Ne
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