Alaska health officials watching for swine flu

Posted: Sunday, April 26, 2009

JUNEAU - State health officials are watching for swine flu here in Alaska.

The Alaska Department of Health and Social Services is keeping an eye on the developing swine flu outbreak in the Lower 48 and Mexico.

State health officials say there are no known cases of swine influenza in Alaska.

But they advise that anyone returning from the Southwest United States, or Mexico, who becomes ill with flu-like symptoms to contact a health care provider.

Dr. Jay Butler, chief medical officer for the state of Alaska, says standard practices are the best measures for avoiding the flu - hand washing, covering your mouth when you cough and staying home if you're sick.

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