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Maryland Recruits "Flu-Watchers"

Maryland Gov. Martin O'Malley announced today that the state is setting up a broad-based flu surveillance system, which will include teams of citizen Internet "flu-watchers" who will report any flu-like symptoms they might experience.

The system will also utilize the participation of doctors, nurses and other medical practitioners to report evidence of flu cases.

“We have in place an online tool so that anyone in Maryland can become a flu fighter,” said health and mental hygiene secretary John M. Colmers. “Their participation will provide (us) with yet another set of eyes to help detect emerging trends in the community.”

Maryland officials late today reported a total of 23 confirmed cases of swine flu. The most recent case is in an adult from Cecil County.

Our primary concern remains the safety and public health of Maryland’s families, and we will continue to do all that we can to monitor (swine flu) on their behalf,” O'Malley said. "The...flu virus still poses a threat for the foreseeable future and so we have expanded and extended Maryland’s unique monitoring systems for the rest of 2009 and as long as necessary to protect our citizens.”

By Michael E. Ruane  |  May 8, 2009; 6:13 PM ET
Categories:  Prevention  
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