Swine Flu Scare

April 24, 2009 12:00:00 AM PDT
Fresno County Health Officials are on high alert after eight people in California and Texas have been diagnosed with a new strain of swine flu. Swine flu is a respiratory disease that originates in pigs but normally doesn't spread to humans.

At least 16 people in Mexico have died from the virus.

At a press conference today, Fresno County Health Officials said they have asked health professionals throughout the county to do more testing on patients who have come down with the flu.

They are also forming a plan with state officials so that they can respond quickly if the swine flu spreads to Fresno County.

And while there haven't been any reported cases in Fresno County Health Officials aren't taking any chances.

Dr. Ed Moreno, Fresno County Health Department said, "This is a new influenza virus that hasn't been seen in the United States before and the fact that we suspect its being transmitted from humans to humans, it significantly raises our concern about the possibility of this spreading through our community."

Health officials believe this swine flu virus is being passed through human contact.

They're reminding people to wash their hands, cover their mouths when they cough, and stay home if you're sick.

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