A number of things going on, and the purpose of today, this briefing is to give you the most current information about what is happening. And as has been mentioned before this is a changing picture and so we intend to conduct these types of briefings daily for awhile so that you know and can help us communicate to the public….so that knowledge people know what kind of issue we’re dealing with.
The first thing I want to announce today is that the department of Health and Human Services will declare today a public health emergency in the United States. That sounds more severe than really it is. This is standard operating procedure. When I say standard operating procedure, that’s exactly what I mean.. We issued similar declarations for the recent floods in Minnesota and North Dakota and for the inauguration.
I want to underscore that you can not the swine flu from eating pork, so that’s very important.
Next in the Department of Homeland of Securities…..Security….
We have implemented passive surveillance protocols to screen individuals who may arrive at our borders. All persons who may enter the United States from a location of human infection of swine flu, will be processed through all appropriate CDC protocols.
We will continue to emphasize universal health measures like hand washing and gloves. And if and when the situation develops, all CDC sites can implement and we can deploy additional personnel to the borders.
To date the State Department has not issued official travel advisories, for particularly Mexico, but again, as I said earlier these situations are very fluid.
State and local governments are now in the loop. As the doctor said, this will be a marathon, and not a sprint.