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Wed April 29, 2009
Sparrow Hospital Implementing Swine Flu Plan
By Kevin Lavery / Rob South, WKAR Radio News
East Lansing, MI – East Lansing, MI (WKAR Radio)
Michigan health officials say they're reviewing their plans for treating swine flu in the region.
Wednesday, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention confirmed that a 34-year-old Livingston County woman is the first actual case in the state.
The CDC is also testing a probable case from Ottawa County.
Robin Roach is the director of infection prevention and epidemiology at Sparrow Health System in Lansing.
Roach says that includes determining whether patients have travelled to Mexico or other places where swine flu has been confirmed, and finding out if they've had direct contact with people who have the disease in the last seven days.
Meanwhile, Governor Granholm says state officials are working closely with the federal government and health experts to monitor the possible out-break of swine flu.
The Governor says the state has about a million doses of anti-viral drugs available if the flu becomes a pandemic.
She says citizens should use common sense precautions, like regular and thorough hand-washing, to stay healthy.
People who have questions about swine flu are encouraged to go to the CDC website, cdc.gov.