As of Monday morning Missouri had eight confirmed or probable cases of swine flu. Missouri health officials discovered four probable cases of swine flu in the Kansas City metropolitan area on Saturday. Meanwhile, health officials have announced that Missouri has stockpiled enough anti-viral medications to treat 600,000 cases of swine flu.
“We got about 25 percent of our allotment on Friday,” said St. Francois County Assistant Health Director Debbie Hoehn. “We received 6,000 doses of the Tamiflu and 319 doses of the Relenza.”
Hoehn said the medication had not been disbursed to local hospitals as of press time. She said the plans for the disbursements have not been finalized.
With the number of reported cases of swine flu growing every day, Hoehn said local residents need to pay attention and take steps to protect themselves.
Swine flu is transmitted like other strains of the flu. Symptoms include a high fever above 100 degrees, coughing, body aches, diarrhea and vomiting.
Health officials have said people cannot contract swine flu from consuming pork.
People should wash their hands frequently, cover their nose and mouth with a tissue when coughing or sneezing and avoid touching their eyes, nose or mouth. People also should stay home if they feel ill to avoid infecting others.
The first Missouri case involved a Platte County woman in her 30s. The woman had recently traveled to Mexico. In addition, Nebraska authorities say that a Kansas City resident who was in Nebraska to obtain medical care for another condition may also have the same H1N1 virus.
There are two probable cases of swine flu in Howard County that involve a father and son. They had also recently traveled to Mexico.
Chris Cline is a reporter for the Daily Journal. Contact him at 573-431-2010, ext. 114 or at email@example.com.