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Officials say Swine Flu won’t affect Kentucky Derby

30/4/2009
Thousands of doses of medication to combat swine flu are being sent to Kentucky in preparation for the thousands of spectators who will be traveling to the Derby. Officials are also saying that the event is completely safe to attend despite the recent outbreak of the disease.

Despite the dangerous disease striking dozens in the rest of the US the state of Kentucky is still free of Swine Flu with no cases yet to be confirmed. However state officials are urging any Kentuckians who have recently returned from a trip to Mexico to monitor themselves for any early signs of the flu.

Normally during an outbreak of this level health officials warn members of the public to avoid densely packed places as the flu can be transmitted from one person to another through close contact. However the Derby has been diagnosed as safe and will still go ahead as scheduled.

Dr. Adewale Troutman Director of Louisville Metro Department of Public Heath and Wellness said, “There’s nothing that’s going to stop folks from going to Derby. We have nothing in our plans that say people shouldn’t go to the Derby or we’re going to stop the Derby or anything like that, so if there are any rumors out there they should be totally dismissed.”

Despite this The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention will be sending over 100,000 doses of medication to match the 120,000 doses that Kentucky already has.

Dr. William Hacker, Kentucky Public Health Commissioner said, “We don’t want to get caught unprepared if it does become a bigger threat.” He also advised state residents to protect themselves by being generally cleanly through regular hand washing, using tissues to sneeze or cough into and to avoid touching their eyes, noses or mouths.

Danielle Almond
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