Updated information on novel H1N1 flu in Minneapolis

On April 26, the federal government declared a public health emergency as a result of several confirmed cases of the novel H1N1 flu (formerly Swine Flu) in the United States. This declaration is described as "standard operating procedure" to free up federal resources to combat the virus.

The City of Minneapolis, like other government agencies, has been actively preparing for the potential of a pandemic for a number of years. Although the novel H1N1 flu has not been declared a pandemic, there are plans and procedures in place to ensure an effective response, particularly if the situation changes over time. City public health and emergency management staff are in frequent contact with State of Minnesota public health officials, and are following the City's response plan as appropriate.

Minneapolis’ public health officials are reminding people to observe routine public health recommendations for preventing the spread of the flu:

If you become ill with flu-like symptoms including fever, body aches, runny nose, sore throat, nausea, or vomiting or diarrhea and have recently visited a location where influenza cases have been confirmed, you may wish to contact a physician, particularly if you are worried about your symptoms.

There is more information available on the Web:

Minneapolis Public Health and Emergency Preparedness staff will continue to monitor the situation, and will provide updates as appropriate.

May 6, 2009

Published Apr. 27, 2009