California Declares State of Emergency to Combat Swine Flu

Tuesday, April 28, 2009

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Gov. Schwarzenegger declared a state of emergency in California today to help clear the way for swifter action against the swine flu virus.

Schwarzenegger ordered state agencies to work together in their responses, allowed some departments to enter into contracts for services and materials and waived some certification requirements at public health labs to expand California’s ability to test for the virus.

So far, 64 cases have been found nationally, 13 in California and three in Sacramento County.

Meanwhile, the Los Angeles County coroner’s office is  investigating the deaths of two men for links to swine flu — if confirmed, the cases would be the first swine flu deaths in the United States.

A Bellflower hospital reported the death of a 33-year-old Long Beach man who was brought in Saturday with symptoms resembling swine flu. The man was taken to the hospital complaining of shortness of breath. The other death was a 45-year-old La Mirada man who died April 22 at Coast Plaza Doctor’s Hospital in Norwalk.

Editors Note: The Los Angeles Times is now reporting health officials say that two deaths appear to be unrelated to swine flu.

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5 Responses to California Declares State of Emergency to Combat Swine Flu

  1. Prairiedog says:

    They need to close the border between California and Mexico.

    I realize this is politically incorrect and will piss off many a Mexican and their supporters but the reality is, the epicenter of the swine flu outbreak is in Mexico City and the border is as wide open as Rush Limbaugh’s cakehole.

    Once the swine flu has been contained and brought under control, we can return to our usual open border policy but not now.

  2. Prairiedog,

    GMTA? I was posting something about the border from our local House Rep. Eric Massa.

    He too is advocating in favor of closing the border until we get a handle on the swine flu.

    I hope you get a chance to read what I posted.

  3. R.J. says:

    Now how do we know it’s the border and not people traveling via planes spreading this stuff. Take it from a Mexican. We can’t run that fast to New York or Michigan to spread this stuff.

  4. Big Hank says:

    I think the route of transmission into the USA is:

    1. air travelers returning from Mexico to the USA
    2. border crossings

    If we’re going to get serious, we need to follow the Japanese model and screen people at the airports.

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