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H1N1 Flu Virus

As of June 11, 2009, the World Health Organizations (WHO) reported nearly 30,000 confirmed H1N1 influenza cases in 74 countries and has now declared the start of the 2009 influezna pandemic.  Though a pandemic has been declared, WHO reported they have good reason to believe that the pandemic, at least in its early days, will be of moderate severity.  

The City of Torrance wants to inform the community that all city services and activities continue as normal.  The City of Torrance assures the community that the City is working closely with State and County officials in actively monitoring the new influenza outbreak.  The City also encourages everyone to be vigilant and take this opportunity to prepare themselves and their families for emergency situations.

As a reminder, here are a few tips to help prevent the spread of any strain of influenza:

  • Wash hands with soap and water or a hand sanitizer frequently.
  • Avoid close contact with people who are sick.
  • Stay home from work or school if you are sick.
  • Cover your mouth and nose with a tissue when you cough or sneeze, or cough or sneeze into clothing (sleeves).
  • Eat healthy food, drink plenty of water, exercise, get plenty of rest, do not smoke and avoid alcoholic beverages.
  • If your are sick, consult your physician for treatment recommendations.

For more tips and information on how to prevent the spread of influenza, click here.

To ensure the protection of the community and prevent spreading of this disease, the City of Torrance will provide hand sanitizers at public counters.  The City will continue to inform the community of any critical updates and encourages each one take precautionary measures as recommended by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.  To help inform the community of this and other important issues, the City of Torrance launched a citywide Twitter account where you may start following us for regular updates.  We assure you that the City will continue to work closely with authorities to track the status of the outbreak, and will notify the community of any necessary actions.

For more information and resources, please visit the following sites:

City of Torrance Disaster Preparedness:
http://www.torrnet.com/disasterpreparedness

US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention:
http://www.cdc.gov/swineflu/?s_cid=swineFlu_outbreak_internal_001
 
California Department of Public Health:
http://www.cdph.ca.gov/Pages/default.aspx

CDC Travelers' Health Web Site:
http://wwwn.cdc.gov/travel/default.aspx

World Health Organization:
http://www.who.int/csr/disease/influenza/en/