Sparkycat saidI heard this guy on the radio saying that we should consider preparing for the swine flu pandemic by stocking up on food, gas, bottled water, etc. Is anyone doing this. How concerned are any of you? I'm in Iowa - no cases reported here yet. Do you think the media is blowing this out of proportion?
Sorry to be the bearer of bad news, Sparky, but swine flu has arrived in Iowa. I just got this from the daily e-news email from the local radio station down here in Fairfield:First State Swine Flu Cases Linked To S.E. Iowa
State officials say there are two potential cases of the ‘swine flu’ virus or what’s also called the H-1-N-1 virus, that have been identified so far out of over 150 samples sent into the state Hygienic Lab for testing. Iowa Department of Public Health director, Tom Newton, says they will find out sometime today from the C.D.C. if they are actually infected with the virus.
According to Newton, the first person reported is an adult man from California who was traveling through Scott and Clinton counties late last week. The second case is a southeastern Iowa female who returned from Mexico and got ill.
The unnamed female subject reportedly has, between falling ill and returning from Mexico, traveled through Johnson, Des Moines and Muscatine counties. Newton says the two have potentially spread the disease through the counties they visited.
Newton says both were out and about doing normal day-to-day activities and going to work while they were still infectious. Now that the virus has been introduced to the state, they anticipate the ‘swine flu’ will spread across Iowa.