UPDATE - First case of swine flu in SF
April 30, 2009 2:59 PM
The San Francisco Health Department announced today that a San Francisco resident has the swine flu.
The resident is a child who recently came back from Mexico, but is not in school.
In a press release, Dr. Mitch Katz, the director of health at the San Francisco Department of Public Heath, asks residents to use common sense to protect themselves for the flu.
"All of us working together can help protect ourselves, our families and the community by practicing good hand washing, covering coughs and sneezes and staying home if you are sick," Katz said in his statement.
San Francisco Mayor Gavin Newsom said he would ask the Board of Supervisors to declare a state of emergency to request federal funding, as reported by the San Francisco Chronicle.
SF State President Robert A. Corrigan has sent out a message to students, faculty and staff on the flu. He said there have been no reported cases yet on the campus and the university is monitoring the situation.
"In the event of serious flu risks in San Francisco we are prepared to take appropriate actions," he said in a statement.
Corrigan also said that there are 12 SF State students currently studying in Mexico and are doing fine. The CSU has contacted them and there no plans for them to return home.
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