Minneapolis is prepared for swine flu

The number of confirmed cases of swine flu in the U.S. continues to grow, with one suspected case now reported in the central Minnesota town of Cold Spring. There have been no reported cases in Minneapolis.

Although the swine flu has not been declared a pandemic, there are plans and procedures in place to ensure an effective response, particularly if the situation changes over time. City public health and emergency management staff are in frequent contact with State of Minnesota public health officials, and are following the City’s response plan as appropriate.

Minneapolis’ public health officials remind people to observe routine public health recommendations for preventing the spread of the flu:

  • Stay home from work, school, and errands when you are sick. You will help prevent others from catching your illness.
  • Cover your mouth and nose with a tissue when coughing or sneezing. It may prevent those around you from getting sick.
  • Avoid close contact with people who are sick. When you are sick, keep your distance from others to protect them from getting sick too.
  • Wash your hands often to protect yourself from germs.
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose or mouth. Germs are often spread when a person touches something that is contaminated with germs and then touches his or her eyes, nose, or mouth.
  • Practice other good health habits. Keep yourself strong – and more resistant to disease – by getting plenty of sleep, staying physically active, managing stress, drinking plenty of fluids and eating nutritious food.

If you become ill with flu-like symptoms including fever, body aches, runny nose, sore throat, nausea, or vomiting or diarrhea and have recently visited a location where influenza cases have been confirmed, you may wish to contact a physician, particularly if you are worried about your symptoms.

The City of Minneapolis has been preparing for the potential of a pandemic for a number of years. If you would like more information on the Swine Flu, or preparations you and your family should take, of information is available:

Minneapolis Public Health and Emergency Preparedness departments will continue to monitor the situation, and will provide public updates as appropriate.

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