05.04.09

Burr Statement on H1N1 Flu in North Carolina

Today, U.S. Senator Richard Burr (R-North Carolina) issued the following statement regarding reports of the first confirmed case of H1N1 flu in North Carolina:"While I am concerned about the first confirmed case of the 2009 H1N1 flu in North Carolina, I am confident in the ability of our public health professionals to handle the situation. They are taking responsible and appropriate action at the state and national level to limit the spread of the outbreak and treat those who are sick.

"Improving our nation's preparedness and response capabilities for public health emergencies has long been a top priority of mine. I am proud that our efforts in this area have strengthened the nation's public health infrastructure and provided a larger range of response tools for health professionals.

"All North Carolinians should take the proper precautions to ensure that they do all they can to reduce their risk of catching the flu. For more information about the flu and precautions that can be taken, I encourage people to visit the websites of the Center for Disease Control (http://www.cdc.gov/h1n1flu/#stay_healthy) and North Carolina Division of Public Health (http://www.ncpublichealth.com/). My homepage at burr.senate.gov also contains updates on the latest information about the flu."