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The CDC and the Department of Health and Human Services co-hosted a Web "town hall" Q+A session about swine flu on Thursday.
In the wake of the new ongoing threat of swine flu, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and U.S. Department of Health and Human Services co-hosted a Web "town hall"-formatted Q&A session earlier today.
Participants in the public-targeted online Webcast included newly appointed HHS Secretary Kathleen Sebelius, Acting CDC Director Richard Besser, MD, and Department of Homeland Security Director Janet Napolitano. Questions submitted by the public were fielded via online streaming here.
To date, there have been 109 confirmed U.S. cases of swine flu (H1N1) with one fatality (a Mexican child who was visiting America)in Texas.
"At the CDC and other U.S. agencies, we are aggressively working to contain and stop the spread of this influenza. We don't know how serious this will be or precisely the results," reports Sebelius.
To put it in perspective, she says each year CDC sees 36,000 deaths attributed to seasonal flu. "Therefore, we need to keep this current operation in perspective," she adds.
Highlights of the online session included: