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[Texas Governor] Perry Requests Antiviral Medications From CDC (for possible Swine Flu "Pandemic")
KWTX-TV ^ | April 25, 2009

Posted on 04/25/2009 1:09:10 PM PDT by 2ndDivisionVet

Gov. Rick Perry Saturday asked the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention for 37,430 courses of antiviral medications from the Strategic National Stockpile as a precaution after three cases of swine flu were confirmed in Texas.

The medication will be available for treatment of those with confirmed or suspected cases of swine flu as well as for healthcare providers who may come into contact with the patients, Perry said.

All three of the Texas cases involved high school students from the same school in Guadalupe County.

The first two became ill in early April and on Thursday test results confirmed both had swine flu.

The third student became ill until this past week.

Lab results are pending, Perry said.

There is no apparent direct connection between the first two students and the third, Perry said.

All three have recovered, Perry said.

Also, a 10-year-old California boy traveled to the state through Dallas before he was diagnosed with the strain.

The Department of State Health Services, however, says other cases may have gone undiagnosed.

DSHS has contacted other students from the school since April 11 and has determined that eight students were absent because of flu-like illnesses.

"There is a reasonable chance that the current swine flu situation will not expand," DSHS Commissioner David Lakey said.

"However, we must take prudent steps to ensure the state is prepared if it does.

“In addition to the antiviral medications previously purchased by the state, these additional medications will be available for the state as appropriate to prevent further spread of the virus,” he said.

Symptoms of swine flu, which are similar to those of seasonal flu, include fever, fatigue, lack of appetite and coughing, and in some cases runny noses, sore throats, nausea, vomiting and diarrhea.

World Health Organization Director-General Margaret Chan says the outbreak involves "an animal strain of the H1N1 virus, and it has pandemic potential."

The CDC says two flu drugs, Tamiflu and Relenza, seem effective against the new strain.

Drug-maker Roche says the company is prepared to quickly deploy its drug stockpile if requested.

As many as 68 people may have died of swine flu in Mexico, although the strain has been confirmed in just 20 of the deaths.

More than a thousand others are sick.

Mexico City is suspending all public events for 10 days as officials try to contain the outbreak.

WHO Human Swine Influenza Site http://www.who.int/csr/disease/swineflu/en/index.html

CDC Human Swine Flu Investigation Site http://www.cdc.gov/swineflu/investigation.htm


TOPICS: Breaking News; Culture/Society; Foreign Affairs; Government; Mexico; US: Texas
KEYWORDS: aliens; bhocdc; disease; flu; influenza; mexicanflu; mexicanswineflu; mexico; outbreak; pandemic; rickperry; swineflu
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I don't think he'd scare everybody for no good reason.
1 posted on 04/25/2009 1:09:10 PM PDT by 2ndDivisionVet
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

Where’s FEMA???

0bama hates white people!!


2 posted on 04/25/2009 1:10:50 PM PDT by Perdogg (University of North Carolina - 2009 NCAA basketball champs)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet
CNN- 2 confirmed cases swine flu in Kansas.
4 posted on 04/25/2009 1:23:07 PM PDT by TornadoAlley3 (Obama is everything Oklahoma is not.)
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To: Perdogg

Rahm and Obama are laughing about this... Never Let a good Pandemic go to waste....

Watch how they twist this into a Government grab at health care. America is done... time to move to Australia.


5 posted on 04/25/2009 1:24:25 PM PDT by Typical_Whitey (Hey Obama, the world loved Bill Clinton too, but radical muslims still attacked us.)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

I wonder why 37,430 courses. Why not 50k or 500k?


6 posted on 04/25/2009 1:29:59 PM PDT by blam
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To: 2ndDivisionVet
I don't think he'd scare everybody for no good reason.

Sure he would. That's the tactic he used when he wanted to legislate mandatory venereal-disease vaccinations for our 12-year old daughters - who're apparently all sluts.

Perry is a power-hungry dictator-wannabe. We need to keep him armed for and focused on battling the federal government for power. Should he win that fight, we'll have a much easier time reigning in a local strongman than an army of 548 of 'em in Washington.
7 posted on 04/25/2009 1:30:30 PM PDT by LearsFool ("Thou shouldst not have been old, till thou hadst been wise.")
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To: LearsFool

Make that “545”. :-)


8 posted on 04/25/2009 1:32:15 PM PDT by LearsFool ("Thou shouldst not have been old, till thou hadst been wise.")
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To: 2ndDivisionVet; 1_Inch_Group; 2sheep; 2Trievers; 3AngelaD; 3pools; 3rdcanyon; 4Freedom; ...

‘Nother Flu Ping...


9 posted on 04/25/2009 1:33:54 PM PDT by HiJinx (~ Support Our Troops ~ www.AmericaSupportsYou.mil ~)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet
School to Close, Other Flu Precautions Recommended

"The Texas Department of State Health Services announced today that Byron Steele High School in Cibolo will temporarily close effective immediately as public health and school officials work to keep swine influenza from spreading.

Swine flu was confirmed earlier this month in two students from the school, and a third student is listed as a probable case with confirmatory lab test results pending. The original two have recovered, and the third is recovering. The school is part of the Schertz-Cibolo-Universal City Independent School District in Guadalupe County near San Antonio."..............
10 posted on 04/25/2009 1:39:01 PM PDT by Girlene
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To: Girlene

Didn’t I just see the tail end of a press conference about a flu outbreak in NEW YORK??? Fox news around 4:30 pm or so.


11 posted on 04/25/2009 1:44:01 PM PDT by Fishtalk (The Messiah's Secret Plan to Stimulate Economy: Make Democrats Pay Their Taxes!)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet
The CDC says two flu drugs, Tamiflu and Relenza, seem effective against the new strain.

Can't have them until national health care is accepted and passed however.

12 posted on 04/25/2009 1:44:26 PM PDT by EGPWS (Trust in God, Question everyone else)
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To: LearsFool
“Perry is a power-hungry dictator-wannabe.”

Perhaps, but he has good record on 2nd Amendment issues. He's signed numerous bills and will sign some more this session.

Yes, he is mostly a RINO and is weak on illegal immigration, but he could be worse.... can you say KBH?

13 posted on 04/25/2009 1:45:51 PM PDT by nralife (Sarah doesn't know it's a damn show! She thinks it's a damn fight!)
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To: Typical_Whitey

Australia’s done, too.

I’m considering Panama.


14 posted on 04/25/2009 1:47:56 PM PDT by WhistlingPastTheGraveyard
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To: Fishtalk

I think they are still trying to figure out if this NY thing is related at all. It’s not definite at this point. Samples have been sent to CDC.


15 posted on 04/25/2009 1:48:20 PM PDT by Girlene
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

Isn’t this the same governor who wants to secede from the US ? Shouldn’t the great state of Texas be able to resolve this problem ?


16 posted on 04/25/2009 1:50:29 PM PDT by mrmeangenes
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To: mrmeangenes

NBC just cut into their coverage of the NHL Playoffs concerning the confirmation of swine flu in NYC and Kansas.


17 posted on 04/25/2009 1:56:45 PM PDT by frankiep (Ron Paul was right)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet
So how long will it continue to be just ducky with the Obamapods that we continue to allow droves of sick people into this country?

Damn these Washington bloodsuckers.

18 posted on 04/25/2009 2:04:15 PM PDT by truthkeeper (Take me back to Black-and-White.)
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To: Typical_Whitey
Never Let a good Pandemic go to waste....

This only problem will be figuring out how this is Bush's fault.

19 posted on 04/25/2009 2:20:30 PM PDT by Bearshouse
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To: frankiep

This tracker needs to be updated with Kansas report at the moment, but it is a good visual representation of the outbreak on Google Maps:

H1N1 Swine Flu -- on Google Maps

20 posted on 04/25/2009 2:24:17 PM PDT by BP2 (I think, therefore I'm a conservative)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

It’s Bush’s Fault!


21 posted on 04/25/2009 2:30:08 PM PDT by Anti-Bubba182
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To: BP2

This is exactly how we’ve been warned that a pandemic would begin. First you hear about it on foreign soil (we were expecting Asia or Europe, but I think Mexico qualifies), then on the east and west coasts.


22 posted on 04/25/2009 2:32:17 PM PDT by OrangeDaisy
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To: blam
I wonder why 37,430 courses. Why not 50k or 500k?

Hmmmm... number of Registered Republicans in the area of concern?

23 posted on 04/25/2009 2:37:44 PM PDT by C210N (The television has mounted the most serious assault on Republicanism since Das Kapital.)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

Yes, this would not be a whimsical request by the governor.


24 posted on 04/25/2009 2:44:42 PM PDT by angkor
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To: C210N

That is probably the number of medical professionals deemed essential to handle a pandemic.


25 posted on 04/25/2009 2:47:56 PM PDT by comps4spice
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To: Perdogg

26 posted on 04/25/2009 2:51:08 PM PDT by 668 - Neighbor of the Beast ( AR2, Overdue! = American Revolution II...Overdue.)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

Sure am glad he is on top of this. Perry is very good in emergencies. I feel a bit safer with him in charge right now. Maybe he will finally close the border....lol.


27 posted on 04/25/2009 2:51:10 PM PDT by penelopesire ("The only CHANGE you will get with the Democrats is the CHANGE left in your pocket")
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To: BP2

Thanks for that. Here are some more:

http://www.dshs.state.tx.us/news/releases/swine_flu.shtm

http://twitter.com/CDCemergency

http://www.cdc.gov/swineflu/investigation.htm?s_cid=tw_epr_59

http://wwwn.cdc.gov/travel/contentSwineFluUS.aspx?s_cid=tw_epr_57


28 posted on 04/25/2009 2:54:52 PM PDT by angkor
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To: OrangeDaisy

I expect to see something in Northern Virginia soon, in either Arlington or Fairfax Counties.

Arlington is an illegal alien sanctuary county run by hard core Socialists.


29 posted on 04/25/2009 2:57:15 PM PDT by angkor
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To: penelopesire

So why does this seem different than the SARS panic? Sometimes I get paranoid for no reason other than I live in a strange country now (post-11/4/08).

Is this media hype or are they keeping something from us?


30 posted on 04/25/2009 3:02:06 PM PDT by SE Mom (Proud mom of an Iraq war combat vet)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet
We here in Arkansas border Texas and have a large Hispanic population.

Where's OUR Tamiflu???????

sw

31 posted on 04/25/2009 3:03:21 PM PDT by spectre (Spectre's wife)
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To: penelopesire

Sometimes he tends to over prepare but I would rather have the meds available and not need them, than to need them and they aren’t available.


32 posted on 04/25/2009 3:03:44 PM PDT by CindyDawg
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To: spectre

Have yall asked for it?


33 posted on 04/25/2009 3:05:23 PM PDT by CindyDawg
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To: SE Mom

With Obama in charge, they are likely keeping something from us. Just because we are paranoid doesn’t mean we aren’t being followed...lol.

It really is scary..especially with the bozos in charge of our government now.


34 posted on 04/25/2009 3:06:42 PM PDT by penelopesire ("The only CHANGE you will get with the Democrats is the CHANGE left in your pocket")
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To: CindyDawg
We shouldn't have to ask for it. The gov't stock piled this stuff just for these emergencies.

They can't go off and give it to one state and not another.

sw

35 posted on 04/25/2009 3:07:02 PM PDT by spectre (Spectre's wife)
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To: CindyDawg

Me too. Not always a big fan of Perry, but he has done good in emergencies and he won’t take any crap from the federal government.


36 posted on 04/25/2009 3:07:57 PM PDT by penelopesire ("The only CHANGE you will get with the Democrats is the CHANGE left in your pocket")
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To: blam
Each state may be allotted a certain number from the stockpile. He could be requesting 1/3 of his allotment or (shrieks in real horror)all that will be available for Texas.
37 posted on 04/25/2009 3:20:02 PM PDT by EBH (May God Save the Republic!)
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To: spectre
Fighting and turning against each other plays right in to a panic resulting in a ML. Relax. A lot Clinics in your state and mine already have stock of this on hand. I don't know about you though but when it comes to the “federal government” stockpiling and supplying as they see fit vs states taking precautions themselves it's a no brainer for me. Texas is not well liked by DC right now anyway but an Arkansas reply like that surprises me . Do you really believe we wouldn't help a neighbor in need?
38 posted on 04/25/2009 3:21:38 PM PDT by CindyDawg
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No one is fighting and turning on each other...yet.

If our Gov't came out and made the statement that they have opened up their supply of Tamiflu to ALL the US States, then people would feel abit more secure.

Show me where I said NOT to help Texas.

sw

39 posted on 04/25/2009 3:26:43 PM PDT by spectre (Spectre's wife)
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To: spectre

If your governor requested this, I would think, hmm...good idea. Maybe we should too. I guess we just see things differently.


40 posted on 04/25/2009 3:33:24 PM PDT by CindyDawg
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To: penelopesire

Yeah. Second order of business after he declares us a Republic...Recruit more drug manufacturers:’)


41 posted on 04/25/2009 3:37:18 PM PDT by CindyDawg
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To: EGPWS; All

Isn’t tamiflu over the counter?

If so, may be a good time to stock up a bit...


42 posted on 04/25/2009 4:14:31 PM PDT by rwfromkansas ("Carve your name on hearts, not marble." - C.H. Spurgeon)
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To: WhistlingPastTheGraveyard

I actually heard Costa Rica is the place to be.... just sayin.


43 posted on 04/25/2009 4:15:14 PM PDT by Typical_Whitey (Hey Obama, the world loved Bill Clinton too, but radical muslims still attacked us.)
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To: rwfromkansas

Didn’t Tamiflu used to be over the counter?

Why is it prescription now?


44 posted on 04/25/2009 4:25:33 PM PDT by rwfromkansas ("Carve your name on hearts, not marble." - C.H. Spurgeon)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

Here’s some info from WHO:

http://www.who.int/csr/don/2009_04_24/en/index.html

also a statement from WHO

The Committee nevertheless agreed that the current situation constitutes a public health emergency of international concern.


45 posted on 04/25/2009 4:33:02 PM PDT by HollyB
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To: WhistlingPastTheGraveyard

Why Panama? (I’m looking to keep my options open...)


46 posted on 04/25/2009 4:36:44 PM PDT by Marie ("When the people find they can vote themselves money, that will herald the end of the republic.")
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To: Typical_Whitey

China recently bought a great deal of land in Costa Rica. Real estate prices really beginning to climb. Need to find our own island.


47 posted on 04/25/2009 4:41:00 PM PDT by Grams A (The Sun will rise in the East in the morning and God is still on his throne.)
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To: rwfromkansas

It has always been prescription. A couple of years ago I asked my doctor for a script and she said yes. Just wanted to stash some for a “just in case”.


48 posted on 04/25/2009 5:05:43 PM PDT by Oorang (Tyranny thrives best where government need not fear the wrath of an armed people - Alex Kozinski)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet
These good folks are coming to get their "free" medications from the CDC.


49 posted on 04/25/2009 5:13:50 PM PDT by SkyPilot
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To: SkyPilot

MEXICO CITY (AP) — Mexico empowers health department to isolate patients, inspect homes in swine flu outbreak.


50 posted on 04/25/2009 5:32:26 PM PDT by TornadoAlley3 (Obama is everything Oklahoma is not.)
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