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May 1st, 2009
Mayor urges ‘everyday steps’ to protect against flu

SUBMITTED REPORT

San Marcos Mayor Susan Narvaiz urged residents to use “everyday steps” to protect themselves against the swine flu and said the city of San Marcos is working closely with local, state and federal agencies to monitor information about the outbreak.

“We encourage residents to follow recommendations of the Center for Disease Control (CDC) to take everyday steps to protect your health,” Mayor Narvaiz said. The flu spreads person to person by touch, coughing and sneezing.

Those steps include:

  • Cover your nose and mouth with a tissue when you cough or sneeze. Throw the tissue in the trash after you use it.
  • Wash your hands often with soap and water, especially after you cough or sneeze. Alcohol-based hand cleaners are also effective.
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose or mouth. Germs spread this way.
  • Try to avoid close contact with sick people.
  • If you get sick with influenza, CDC recommends that you stay home from work or school and limit contact with others to keep from infecting them.
  • If you are sick, do not go to work or school.

Influenza is thought to spread mainly person-to-person through coughing or sneezing of infected people. No cases have been reported in San Marcos or Hays County.

The city is working closely with Hays County, San Marcos Consolidated Independent School District, Texas State University, the Texas Department of Health and the CDC to keep informed about developments on the swine flu outbreak in Texas, Mexico and in other states in the U.S.

Cases have been reported in Guadalupe County where Schertz-Ciblo-Universal City schools are closed this week. All outside group events have been canceled in that area. Church services and ministerial groups were advised to reduce/eliminate close contact and sharing communion rites.

On Tuesday, both the New Braunfels and Comal school districts in Comal County announced they would close for two weeks.

Information is available on the following web sites:

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