Flu masks are becoming a much more common sight.
Flu masks are becoming a much more common sight. Coffs Coast Advocate

Locals cleared of swine flu: so far

AS concerns over Swine Flu continue to grow, Coffs Coast Health officials have begun identifying travellers presenting with flu-like illnesses.

So far, those 'tested' have have been excluded from further examination on the basis of symptoms and pathology.

The North Coast Area Health Service director of population health, Paul Corben, has been closeted in a series of teleconferences with State and Federal health officials for the past three days.

He said local supplies of antiviral drugs had been replaced and there were signs in hospital emergency departments providing directions for people with influenza symptoms.

He said they had been working on amending and overhauling the plan first put in place to deal with a possible outbreak of SARS to make it more amendable to a possible influenza out-break.

“Plus putting it together we hare having to 'tweak' it towards influenza,” he said.

“It is quite a dynamic situation and we are liaising with State and local officials.”

He said people who caught flu should stay home and show good cough hygiene by using and disposing of tissues for coughing or sneezing, using a mask if necessary and staying home while ill.



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