Citizens Responsible For Themselves If Bird Flu Strikes
Echoing what the President said upon releasing his plan for dealing with an avian flu pandemic….local health officials warn individuals will end up having to take care of themselves if a pandemic strikes in their city.
Wednesday, May 3, 2006
Betty Hinton, director of health for Yolo County, says citizens should be aware they could be on their own if bird flu is widespread. She advises people to think of what they would need if they were quarantined in their homes for several weeks:
Things that they absolutely need in order to survive like food and water and medications.
Yolo County has stockpiled medical supplies and equipment for hospitals, and has a triage plan to treat the most seriously ill.
Bird flu has killed people in other countries, transferred from birds to humans. It has not yet entered the U.S. bird population.