Governor Schwarzenegger says California is monitoring swine flu

Governor Schwarzenegger said today that state health officials are closely monitoring the swine flu outbreak. Health officials say they’ve confirmed eight cases in California – and they’re investigating 12 other possible cases. Officials say the cases don’t appear to be directly connected to the outbreak in Mexico. KPCC’s Frank Stoltze reports.

Governor Schwarzenegger said today that state health officials are closely monitoring the swine flu outbreak. Health officials say they’ve confirmed eight cases in California – and they’re investigating 12 other possible cases. Officials say the cases don’t appear to be directly connected to the outbreak in Mexico. KPCC’s Frank Stoltze reports.

Frank Stoltze: The governor said state health officials are working closely with doctors, hospitals, and schools to detect any possible cases of swine flu through the state’s “Health Alert Network.”

Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger: We are monitoring this outbreak minute by minute and we are working aggressively to slow the swine flu spread in California.

Stoltze: California Department of Public Health Director Doctor Mark Horton joined Schwarzenegger at a Beverly Hills news conference. Horton said that there’s no cause for alarm, but that people can help prevent the spread of swine flu by taking precautions.

Dr. Mark Horton: Personal hygiene – hand washing is still one of the most important things we can do.

Stoltze: More advice: if you’re sick, don’t go to work or school where you can spread the disease. Officials called this an “emerging situation.” They urged people to visit the state’s public health Web site for more information.

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