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Precautions in the works in case of swine flu

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North Carolina’s health director said of the ten to twenty suspected cases of swine flu that were tested in the lab today, all of the results came back negative. Dr. Engel said the state of the swine flu in North Carolina is stable, but people should be on alert.

Wilmington agencies continue to refine their plans, should the outbreak hit closer to home. And for agencies like homeland security, the airport and county emergency services, it’s important to keep their staff healthy too.

Before you step off a vessel at the Port of Wilmington, you’ve got to face the Coast Guard first. With the swine flu epidemic, two levels short of becoming a pandemic, members of the Coast Guard are making sure our coast stays flu-free.

Emergency services in Brunswick County are quickly thinking of ways to protect their employees…

“We’re trying to keep our staff healthy, because we are taking care of people, we need to keep a healthy staff,” said Brian Watts of the Brunswick County EMS.

If you plan on flying out of ILM, they’re preparing for the worst too. Airport officials aren’t panicking, but they are screening all their passengers for swine flu symptoms, as they pass through security and on and off the aircraft.

The airport also has a universal plan for any all-communicable diseases. “We have a plan in place, if that should happen, to isolate the aircraft, immediately contact the health department from New Hanover County, as well as the CDC in Atlanta,” said Gary Broughton.

New Hanover Regional is equipped with Tamiflu in case of a confirmed outbreak in our area, but it is only to be used to emergency purposes only.

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videoNorth Carolina’s health director said of the ten to twenty suspected cases of swine flu that were tested in the lab today, all of the results came back negative. Dr. Engel said the state of the swine flu in North Carolina is stable, but people should be on alert.

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