Swine Flu New Mexico
Congressman Martin Heirnich launched a swine flu resource Web site today to address the growing fears about the latest outbreak.
“There is currently no cause for alarm in our area, but it’s important to have the correct and most current information regarding this flu,” said Heinrich, an Albuquerque Democrat. “That’s why I’ve launched a section on my Web site with resources and everyday actions people can take to stay healthy.”
The site includes tips that are common to more ‘normal’ strains of flu like frequently washing hands and avoid touching one’s eyes or nose.
The site also links to other resources, like the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and the New Mexico Department of Health.
According to a Sunday press release from the governor’s office published on the Albuquerque Journal’s Web site, Richardson said, “New Mexico has been planning for a potential public health emergency for years, and we will be prepared if any New Mexicans get sick with swine flu.”
Richardson continued, “We are taking this situation seriously and are doing everything we can to detect cases and minimize the impact if we get any cases in New Mexico.”
Another way to track the spread of the swine flu is through Google Maps. A Google map, below, shows where swine flu cases are suspected, have been confirmed or have been proven false.
Congressman Harry Teague also issued a release with an update about the swine flu this afternoon. He also made sure to remind people that the borders are still open for travel -- even though people are being discouraged from traveling to Mexico unless they have pressing business.
"Our federal agents at the border are taking every precaution to prevent transmission of swine flu and I urge all residents of southern New Mexico to become familiar with the steps necessary to avoid becoming infected with swine flu," Teague said in a statement.