State handling swine flu well, say legislators

South Carolina has fared better than many states in the recent swine flu outbreak. That’s according to the numbers and analysis reported today by the state Department of Health and Environmental Control –to a House subcommittee.
Beaufort Representative William Herbkersman was pleased with what he heard, saying, “I think them reporting to us in a way to keep the minimization up is critical, particularly in this type of flu. So, I was very pleased with the report and very pleased with the job that DHEC has done.”
South Carolina has fared better than many states in the recent swine flu outbreak. That’s according to the numbers and analysis reported today by the state Department of Health and Environmental Control –to a House subcommittee.
Beaufort Representative William Herbkersman (HERB-KIRZ-Munn)
was pleased with what he heard.
Even with an effective statewide effort of containment,¬†SouthCarolina Epidemiologist Dr. Jerry Gibson says it’s important to stay wary, as the history of such outbreaks shows a second wave can happen in the following Fall months.
Gibson says, “We’re still looking for flu cases and we’re looking for this virus and in the last three days there has not been a new case [in the state] of this novel virus. I’m hoping that’s a good sign, but viruses can surprise you.”
As of May 19, there were 37 confirmed cases of swine flu statewide.