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CDC Confirms Second Michigan Case of Influenza A (H1N1) VirusContact: Joint Information Center 888-EMD-TODAY (888-363-8632)
For Immediate Release: April 30, 2009
LANSING, Mich. - The State of Michigan today announced that the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has two confirmed cases of Influenza A (H1N1) virus in Michigan - one previously reported in Livingston County and yesterday's probable case in Ottawa County has now been confirmed by the CDC.
The state laboratory continues to test other suspected cases. Any new probable cases will be sent to the CDC to determine if they are positive.
The State Emergency Operations Center (SEOC) and Joint Information Center (JIC) continue to operate under partial activation. Over the past several days, Michigan has taken several steps in response to the Influenza A (H1N1) virus outbreak across the country. Some of the actions include:
The Michigan Department of Community Health is advising citizens to review the common-sense steps everyone can take right now, including:
Additionally, the Michigan 2-1-1 public information line is now a resource available to citizens to answer questions regarding this outbreak of the Influenza A (H1N1) virus. Michigan 2-1-1, sponsored by the Michigan Association of United Ways, is available 24-hours per day, seven days per week.
The Michigan Department of Agriculture (MDA) reminds citizens that Influenza A (H1N1) virus is not currently affecting animal health. To date, there are no reports of this strain in U.S. swine herds. In addition, this is not a food safety issue; pork is safe to eat and there is no evidence people can contract this illness from eating cooked pork.
Citizens should continue to properly handle pork and pork products and cook pork to an internal temperature of 160°F, which kills any potential viruses.
All updates to provide Michigan residents with accurate and timely information on the human outbreak of the Influenza A (H1N1) virus, as well as updates on the state's actions to protect residents, are available at www.michigan.gov/swineflu.
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