What is the Center for Disease Control (CDC) doing in response to the swine flu (H1N1) outbreak? The CDC has implemented its emergency response to H1N1. The goal of this emergency response is to reduce the spread as well as to reduce the severity of the illness. The CDC also helps health care providers, public health officials and the public address the challenges posed by the new virus by providing as much information as possible.
In addition, the CDC’s Division of the Strategic National Stockpile (SNS) has sent anti-viral drugs, personal protective equipment, and respiratory protection devices to all 50 states and U.S. territories to help them respond to the outbreak. The CDC also is working closely with state and local officials in areas where cases of H1N1 have been confirmed. EpiAid teams have been deployed to states where cases have been identified and epidemiological activities are taking place, including active surveillance in counties where human infections have been identified, studies of health care workers who have been exposed, studies of infected person to identify where they became infected, and studies on incubation periods.
The World Health Organization (WHO) which is part of the United Nations has also upped it flu response in order to minimize the effects of a worldwide outbreak. On April 29th of this year, WHO raised its pandemic alert level from 4 to Phase 5. Phase 5 means that there is human to human spread of this virus into at least 2 countries and that a “pandemic is imminent”. While this wording seems alarming it should be remembered this only has to do with the spread of H1N1, not with its severity or mortality. Phase 5 only means that H1N1 is likely to spread.
In areas where H1N1 have been spread, the CDC and WHO responses only mean that basic precautions against catching and spreading H1N1 should be taken. If you develop flu like symptoms such as fever, sore throat, coughing, fatigue etc, you should see your family physician so you can be tested. This allows the CDC and WHO officials to monitor the spread of this disease. So far, H1N1 is milder than the normal seasonal flu and most deaths have been in patients with underlying medical conditions.
There is currently no vaccine to offer protection from H1N1. But there are everyday protections that a person can take to help them from catching this flu. Besides washing hands frequently, cough or sneeze into your sleeve or a tissue and dispose of the tissue after use. If you share a work space with anyone, be sure to wipe your desk and computer down with a sanitizing wipe or other sanitizing product at the end of the day. If you have flu like symptoms, stay home and contact your family physician especially if you have recently traveled to Mexico. If your child is sick, don’t send them to school or daycare.
If you are sick you should limit contact with others as much as possible. Stay home from work or school for 7 days or until symptoms are gone.
Using these few precautions, H1N1 spread can be eliminated from spreading rapidly to some degree. It is also advised to be aware of the CDC and WHO daily reports.
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