Lake Area taking precautions against Swine Flu

Reported by Lee Peck email

LAKE CHARLES, LA (KPLC) - There's still a lot we don't know about this new strand of flu, but most people we talked to say they're not taking any chances.

After crossing the border Swine Flu is now infecting Americans. Even though there's still no reported cases in Louisiana, the new strand of flu has turned up in Texas - making it a little too close for comfort for some.

"Hey it's Mexico that's close, it's not Asia this time. We're worried about it you know," said Lake Charles resident Andrew McCain.

"I'm mildly concerned, I wouldn't rate it as being really, really fearful about it," said Lake Charles resident Joe Ecker.

Still with no vaccine the threat has many Lake Area businesses taking necessary steps to ensure the health of their employees and customers, especially the service industry.

"For instance at my job today we basically started taking more precautions and using Germ X and washing our hands more because I work in the hotel business and especially with the house keepers they really have to protect their hands and themselves from the germs that's going around," said Lake Charles resident Randy Baggett.

Just Sunday, Governor Bobby Jindal made a statewide address calling on residents to be on guard. GOHSEP is now following national trends and monitoring hospital admissions across the state.

"We've also reached out to the Department of Education to coordinate prevention messages across our schools," said Gov. Jindal.

That's good news for concerned mother Sheronda Robinson. "My concerns are basically for my kids because I know that all germs are carried through touching of the hands and stuff and I'm basically concerned about my child," said Robinson.

For now we can only watch, wait and stay ahead of the Swine Flu virus.

"I'm hoping that it doesn't spread much. I'm sure it will get worse before it gets better, but I have faith we are going to come through just fine," said Ecker.

The state has set up a website where the latest developments will be updated at http://www.flula.com and cdc.gov/flu/swine.