By County of San Diego Public Health Officer Wilma Wooten, M.D., M.P.H.
As the novel H1N1 virus situation continues, I join all of our staff at the County Health & Human Services Agency in thanking our partners in the healthcare community for your assistance in tackling this public health threat.
From the nurses, doctors and staff at our hospitals to private practices and other health care providers, you all have joined us on the front lines in educating the public, addressing their concern, and identifying and managing illness.
Our county has been in the spotlight during this situation, with some of the first U.S. cases reported in our community. We know that we will see more cases of H1N1 virus in the community. But, for now it appears that cases continue to be mild, as we have seen in almost all cases so far.
We appreciate your efforts to stay up-to-date on the guidelines issued by the County, state and CDC.
We are still prioritizing testing for the virus for hospitalized patients and high-risk groups. When considering treatment with antiviral medication, it is important that we do not contribute to resistance. Please closely follow the CDC guidelines for treatment and chemoprophylaxis, which are posted on the center’s Web site.
Please use our public health staff as a resource if you have questions about outbreaks in your communities.
Also, continue to monitor CAHAN for developments, and feel free to e-mail us with your questions, concerns, and comments.
You can find additional updates on Influenza-A H1N1 on the County Web site at www.sdcounty.ca.gov.
Thank you again for being valued community partners with County Public Health Services to protect the lives of San Diegans.
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