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Missouri Department of Health has no comment on pandemic flu.

Date: April 27, 2009
By: Allison Blood
State Capitol Bureau

Intro: A Recent outbreak of the swine flu has the Department of Health and Senior Services implementing their plan to respond to pandemic flu.

Allison Blood has more from Jefferson City.

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The department already has 600,000 doses of anti-viral medication in reserve to treat the virus if it appears in Missouri, despite the fact there have been no confirmed cases in the State.

Spokesman Kit Wagar said the department has requested supplies from the Federal government. 

 
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Description: We're getting additional doses, I mean, the main thing is it should be plenty to deal with any foreseeable problems.


Wagar said the cases in Kansas were linked to travel and do not indicate that the virus is spreading toward the Missouri.

He also said while the cases in the United States have been much more mild than those in Mexico, all precautions will be taken so that if there were an emergency, quick action could be taken.

From Jefferson City, this is Allison Blood, newsradio 11-20 KMOX


Intro: While Missouri has yet to see cases of the swine flu, the state health department is taking action to prepare for the virus.

Allison Blood has more from Jefferson City. 

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The Department of Health and Senior Services is implementing its plan to deal with pandemic flu this week, starting with a request for additional medical supplies from the federal government.

Governor Jay Nixon said the state is taking all possible steps to prepare for an outbreak in Missouri.

 
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Description: If it does expand into our state we'll be ready to respond very appropriate and aggressively. But I think we are working with all the local health authorities and hopefully Missouri will not see any confirmed cases, as of yet we haven't.


Nixon sent a news release Monday morning outlining the State's plan for preparation, which includes a stock of 600,000 doses of anti-viral medication and 3 million face masks.

From Jefferson City, this is Allison Blood, newsradio 11-20 KMOX.


Intro: No cases of swine flu have been confirmed in Missouri, but the state is taking every precaution it can.

Allison Blood has more from Jefferson City.

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The Missouri Department of Health and Senior Services already has 600,000 doses of anti-viral medication, but they've requested additional supplies from the Federal Government.

Department Spokesperson Kit Wagar said these precautions are necessary because this particular strain of virus has never been seen before.

 
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Description: We know that in previous epidemics and pandemics, its usually been one of these novel viruses that really hits people hard.


Wagar said the department has worked closely with the Center for Disease Control, and have received 3 million protective face masks.

From Jefferson City, this is Allison Blood, newsradio 11-20, KMOX.