Governor's Remarks on State's Preparedness for Swine Flu

By Martin O'Malley, Governor

Yesterday, I joined with Maryland Department of Health and Mental Hygiene (DHMH) Secretary John M. Colmers, Deputy Secretary Frances Phillips, and State Epidemiologist
Dr. David Blythe to discuss the latest developments for the swine flu in Maryland. Thus far, there are over 100 cases of this virus in the country, and there are eight “probable” cases in Maryland, the results of which we expect in the next day or so from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

Earlier this week, we opened our Swine Flu Command Center in Baltimore. And today, we announced an advisory board made up of some of the best minds in medicine, infectious disease and pediatrics to advise us as we deal with the probable cases in Maryland. These individuals have already provided invaluable advice and guidance, and will continue to assist us as we work through this situation.

While we are making every preparation we can as a state, the decisions ahead may broadly impact the lives of all Marylanders. Each member of this advisory board brings the scientific, clinical and academic guidance that will be immensely valuable in this decision-making process. We fully expect to see more cases of swine flu in Maryland, and will continue to provide the public with the latest information possible.

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