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News & Events, Swine Flu

(updated Friday, 5/15/09 at 9 a.m.)

Longmont Public Safety and Risk Management are following the flu outbreak situation very closely. The City maintains very close contact with State of Colorado and Boulder County Public Health, as well as local hospitals and has emergency plans in place to deal with all types of emergencies, including an influenza outbreak.

 

What should you do in the meantime? The following are the recommendations from the World Health Organization (WHO):
To protect yourself, practice general preventive measures for influenza:

• Avoid close contact with people who appear unwell and who have fever and cough.
• Wash your hands with soap and water frequently and thoroughly.
• Practice good health habits including adequate sleep, eating nutritious food, and keeping
physically active.

Message from Longmont Mayor Roger Lange

This Web page will be updated when new information is available.

In the meantime, here are some helpful Internet links:

• Boulder County Public Health: http://www.bouldercounty.org/health/

Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment: http://www.cdphe.state.co.us/epr/H1N1.html

• Centers for Disease Control and Prevention: http://www.cdc.gov/

Centers For Disease Control and Prevention (Spanish): http://www.cdc.gov/swineflu/espanol/

World Health Organization: http://www.who.int/en/

Frequently Asked Questions:

1. Commonly asked questions like: what is swine flu? What are the symptoms of swine flu in people? How does swine flu spread? are answered at the CDC Web site: http://www.cdc.gov/swineflu/swineflu_you.htm

2. There are a lot of swine flu cases in Mexico. Are Longmont residents at greater risk because people travel here from Mexico? There is no evidence that this is true. In fact, there are currently no travel restrictions in or out of the country.

3. Are there any plans to close Longmont schools? The St. Vrain Valley School District is in close contact with public health officials and there is currently no reason to close schools in Longmont.

4. Are Longmont Public Safety (police and fire) personnel equipped to handle swine flu cases? Longmont police and firefighters are prepared for all emergencies including influenza. They carry eye and face protection and are trained to handle medical emergencies.

5. Are Longmont hospitals ready for a flu outbreak? Longmont works in collaboration with the four Boulder County hospitals for all types of emergencies including respiratory illnesses like influenza.

6. Who do I call if I feel sick? Call your doctor if you are suffering from symptoms of influenza. In extreme life-threatening emergencies call 9-1-1.

7. The U.S. Government has declared a state of emergency. What does this mean? A state of emergency in this case opens the door for additional resources to government agencies. President Obama said Monday that the swine flu outbreak is a "cause for concern and requires a heightened state of alert," but is not a "cause for alarm." He added that the federal government is closely monitoring emerging cases and had declared a public health emergency as a "precautionary tool to ensure that we have the resources we need at our disposal to respond quickly and effectively."

8. Stay up to date on Twitter at http://www.twitter.com/cityoflongmont/

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