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Governor Schwarzenegger Discusses Swine Flu

Governor Schwarzenegger held a press conference regarding the state’s response to the spread of swine flu as Tuesday’s KVML “Newsmaker of the Day”. Here are his words:

“Now, as you all know, the swine flu struck our neighbors in Mexico very swiftly and severely. That’s why we in California are taking quick actions here to protect everyone from this outbreak. I can assure you that at this time there is no reason for alarm but we want to go and do everything that we can to make sure that we prevent an outbreak here. We have seen some cases all over the United States.

We are monitoring this outbreak minute-by-minute and we are working aggressively to slow the swine flu spread in California. I want you to know that the best minds in California are working on this and when I say ‘the best minds in California’, that automatically means the best minds in the world are working on this.

My thoughts and my prayers, of course, remain with those that have been infected. Fortunately, all of the U.S. cases have been mild and moderate in severity and everyone has recovered so far. There have been seven confirmed cases in California, four in San Diego County and three in Imperial County and there have been 40 cases identified in the United States.

And of course the situation in Mexico is much more severe. As we have heard, there are over 1,000 cases and there are over 100 deaths. The outbreak is a call to action and communication and cooperation on every level. I got daily briefings in these last few days, sometimes twice a day and I also got briefings from Janet Napolitano from Homeland Security from Washington.

And our State Health and Human Services Agency and our Department of Food and Agriculture have taken several critical steps, such as we have activated the Joint Emergency Operations Center, which is a combination of the Public Health Department and also of the California Emergency Management Agency. We have flu experts deployed to Southern California and we are continuing to communicate with public health officials in Mexico. And we are testing patients with flu-like illnesses statewide and we have activated our Health Alert Network to be in touch with all the hospitals and doctors and medical centers and so on.

The bottom line is, we are prepared. The federal government has declared a Federal Public Health Emergency, as you know. Yes, we are taking quick actions here in California. But what is important is that every individual out there is helping us and is helping with this. Go to your Department of Public Health website for prevention tips. It’s very important. You can get prevention tips, fact sheets and much more. You will find it on www.cddh.ca.gov. The health and wellbeing of all Californians is very important. Public safety is our number one priority. That is why I have required around-the-clock coordination with agencies at the local level, at the state level, national and also international level.

I want to say thank you very much for listening… Thank you.”

The Newsmaker of the Day is heard each weekday morning on AM 1450 KVML at 6:47, 7:47 and 8:47am.

Written by mark@mlode.com