POSTED: Tuesday, September 1, 2009 - 7:58am
UPDATED: Thursday, February 25, 2010 - 11:34am
Local leaders are gearing up for a second round of the H1N1 flu and on Monday gathered to plan for the event of it spreading.
At a training, Cameron and Hidalgo county leaders explained the different roles county and state health departments, CDC, school districts and hospitals play in the fight against the spread of the H1N1 flu. Officials focused on media outlets saying correct information needs to be spread to help avoid panic in the community. Texas Department of State Health Services Director, Dr. Brian Smith, says the number of people with the virus is not slowing down and it's still serious for some others. A few days ago a man died in Brownsville and there's suspicion the virus may be to blame.
If you or a loved one is experiencing flu like symptoms and are either pregnant, a serious medical condition or are under the age of 5 years-old, you must visit your doctor immediately. Dr. Smith says medicine should be given within 48 hours because if not treated, it could turn deadly.