Today, the San Marcos Record is reporting that Texas Governor, Rick Perry for help in controlling the swine flu outbreak. It less than two weeks ago that Perry suggested that secession from the union might someday be an option. Here's the story as it ran.
Gov. Rick Perry today in a precautionary measure requested the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) provide 37,430 courses of antiviral medications from the Strategic National Stockpile to Texas to prevent the spread of swine flu.
"As a precautionary measure, I have requested that medication be on hand in Texas to help curb the spread of swine flu by helping those with both confirmed and suspected cases of this swine flu virus, as well as healthcare providers who may have come in contact with these patients," said Gov. Rick Perry. "We will continue to work with our local, state and federal health officials to ensure public safety is protected."
Meanwhile, those concerned about the outbreak can protect themselves by three simple steps.
- Wash your hands often, particularly after contact with people and things in public places.
- Avoid unnecessary contact with people and groups. Difficult at work, but ask yourself if that meeting is really necessary and adhere to rule number one.
- If you experience any cold or flu-like symptoms, get to your doctor. Swine flu is treatable and survivable, but, expeditious treatment is critical.