considers how to prepare to battle avian flu
By Ryan M. Monk
September 25, 2006 | HYRUM -- Hyrum city is considering
preparing for the bird flu. At Thursday's City Council
meeting, Jan Cavanagh, a registered nurse, told council
members what the town should do about the avian flu.
"It's not a matter of if it is going to happen but
when," said Cavanagh, who spoke to the council at the
invitation of the mayor. "We are facing flu season coming
up." The more opportunities avian flu has to mix with
the typical human seasonal flu, the greater the likelihood
it will acquire the mutations it needs to spread, she
"If this happens within six weeks the worldwide population
will be fighting a pandemic," she said.
You need the virus first to have the vaccine, said
Cavanagh, and it could take six months to have a vaccine
because we import them to this country and by that time
the disease will be worldwide.
"Any effort made will not be wasted," said Cavanagh.
She suggested the town cross-train employees in the
sanitation department and members of the community to
clean the water supply.
"Chlorine is cheap," she said, we should have an extra
supply as it's needed to clean water, and for $60 we
could get a supply of masks and gloves that city workers
Mayor Dean Howard encouraged these precautions saying,
"A few boxes of sanitary products and masks isn't going
to break the city."
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