I received the following from Speaker Margaret Anderson Kelliher today:
Many of you are aware that by mid-week approximately 100 confirmed human cases of the influenza A(H1N1) virus infections have been identified in the United States. One case has now been identified in Cold Springs, MN. This situation is highly fluid as details from many locations are emerging.
The fact that it seems to have sustained human-to-human spread is
concerning. The World Health Organization, the Center for Disease
Control and the State are monitoring this situation very closely and
have increased disease surveillance with local partners. Although the
overall severity of the disease appears to be less in the United States
than Mexico, there was a fatality resulting from it in Texas. The fact
that the virus is unpredictable and may mutate requires vigilance and a quick response. The State has been preparing for such an event for some time.
Our Statewide goals regarding this situation are to:
· Protect the health and safety of the state workforce
· Maximize workforce availability to maintain government services
· Minimize influenza spread and reduce the impact on public
We have a very dedicated workforce at the Minnesota House of
Representatives and we are at a particularly busy part of the session.
However, we all need to be vigilant about the seriousness of this flu
situation so that if we have symptoms we don’t inadvertently expose
others and cause it to spread. If you have any of the following
symptoms you should stay home, see a physician and advise your manager:
· Flu-like symptoms, including headache, cough, difficulty
breathing, sore throat, body aches, chills, or fatigue
In addition the Center for Disease Control has an excellent website .
We will keep you informed as this situation develops.