The Mid-America Regional Council (MARC) issued the following news releases about the efforts of local agencies to prepare for the swine flu in the event that it should become necessary to activate an emergency plan.
April 29, 2009
Local public health departments, emergency management agencies, hospitals and many others in the Kansas City metropolitan area are closely monitoring the current public health situation related to swine flu. Public officials have plans in place to treat patients and distribute medications should the situation worsen.
Through a process called “disease surveillance,” public health departments closely monitor reports from physicians’ offices and hospitals about the number of patients with flu-like symptoms. When flu is suspected, nasal swabs can be tested to determine whether an influenza virus — either seasonal flu or swine flu — is present. Antiviral medications used to treat swine flu, and additional supplies, will be available through the U.S. Department of Health’s Strategic National Stockpile if needed.
While there is cause for concern, there are several key actions people can take to protect themselves and their families from the flu virus:
- Cover your nose and mouth with a tissue when you cough or sneeze.
- Throw the tissue in the trash after you use it.
- Wash your hands often with soap and water, especially after you cough or sneeze.
- Alcohol-based hand cleaners are also effective.
- Avoid touching your eyes, nose or mouth. Germs spread this way.
- Try to avoid close contact with sick people.
- If you are sick, do not go to work or school. Limit contact with other people to keep from infecting them.
Emergency management agencies and health departments will provide information about swine flu to concerned citizens through the region’s emergency preparedness Web site, www.preparemetrokc.org. Other information sources include:
National information is available on the U.S. Centers for Disease Control Web site at www.cdc.gov/swineflu.
Kansas residents may call the Department of Health and Environment’s flu hotline, 1-877-427-7317, or visit www.swinefluks.org.
Missouri residents may visit the Department of Health and Senior Services Web site at www.dhss.mo.gov, or contact their local public health departments:
Cass County, 816-380-8425
Clay County, 816-595-4256 or www.clayhealth.com
City of Independence, 816-325-7185 or www.indepmo.org/health
Jackson County, 816-404-6415 or www.jacohd.org
City of Kansas City, Mo., 816-513-6008 or 3-1-1 or www.kcmo.org/health
Platte County, 816-587-5998 or www.plattecountyhealthdept.com
Ray County, 816-776-5413
> Reegion’s emergency preparedness Web site: www.preparemetrokc.org
> National information is available on the U.S. Centers for Disease Control Web site
> Missouri residents may visit the State Department of Health and Senior Services Web site
> Kansas residents may call the State Department of Health and Environment’s flu hotline, 1-877-427-7317, or visit www.swinefluks.org
You can also contact your local public health departments:
> Jackson County: 816-404-6415 or www.jacohd.org
> City of Kansas City, Mo., 816-513-6008 or 3-1-1 or www.kcmo.org/health
> City of Independence, 816-325-7185 or www.indepmo.org/health
> Cass County, 816-380-8425
> Clay County, 816-595-4256 or www.clayhealth.com
> Platte County, 816-587-5998 or www.plattecountyhealthdept.com
> Ray County, 816-776-5413