Brazos County Preparing for Possible Swine Flu Pandemic

Swine flu is spreading. The number of cases in the United States has jumped to at least 41.

Most of the cases involve New York City students who recently returned from a trip to Mexico, but there's concern everywhere.

Here in Texas, all 14 schools and district facilities in the Schertz-Cibolo-Universal City Independent School District are closed after several more flu-like illnesses have been discovered. The states third case of swine flu was confirmed there Monday afternoon.

Americans are being told to avoid all non-essential travel to Mexico. Some airlines are even waiving change fees for people flying through Mexico, including American, United, Continental, and US Airways. So far, none of the airlines have canceled flights.

And, there is concern because there is no vaccine available to prevent the new swine flu. However, there are anti-flu drugs that do work once someone is sick.

Brazos County is doing its part to prepare for a possible pandemic.

News 3 talked with Mike Paulus, The Emergency Preparedness and Response Coordinator for Brazos County, Monday afternoon.

Click on the attached video clip to watch Paulus' entire interview with News 3.


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