The Lake Area prepares for potential Swine Flu pandemic

By Adam Hooper - bio | email

LAKE CHARLES, LA (KPLC) - No cases have been reported or confirmed in Louisiana. But, that does not mean it is time to sit back and do nothing. There are things you can do to avoid getting sick. Coughing, sneezing, a runny nose, these all signs of the swine flu. And, while it has not crossed into Louisiana yet, it could happen.

"We are a very mobile society and they have not restricted travel to Mexico yet. That is were the deaths have occurred. People can also travel to the places where the infections have occurred and come back home," said Carol Spence, with Christus Saint Patrick Hospital.

Carol Spence says, that if it comes our way, they'll ready.

"We will be able to house and maintain people for up to six months if this does become a pandemic of the flu," said Carol Spence.

But, there are things you can do to keep from getting sick with the flu. And, it is things you have been taught since you were a kid.

"Good hand hygiene is a good way to prevent getting the flu. You should always wash your hands with soap and water. Not touching your eyes, mouth, or nose is another good way.