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No Swine Flu in Tennessee, officials assure

Shelby County Health Officer Dr. Helen Morrow Shelby County Health Officer Dr. Helen Morrow

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MEMPHIS, TN (WMC-TV) - No cases of Swine Flu have been reported anywhere in the Shelby County or the state of Tennessee, officials at the Memphis and Shelby County Health Department said Tuesday.

Shelby County Health Officer Dr. Helen Morrow held a Swine Flu readiness news conference after the World Health Organization declared a national emergency on Monday.

You can watch the full news conference in the video player on this page.

"We are in communication with the hospitals and providers to help us to identify any cases if and when they do occur," Morrow said.

Morrow added the Federal and State Health Departments have stockpiles of Tamiflu and Rulenza, if Swine Flu strikes Shelby County.

"We would work with them for dispensing or providing them," she said. "It would come through the federal government and through the state."

Morrow has also been in contact with local schools.

"Hygiene recommendations have gone out to the schools and we're in constant communications," she said.

She also gave advice to officials at Memphis International Airport.

"Screening of any passengers or what to do if somebody either presents ill or gets off the plane ill," she said.

Morrow said her best advice is to use the same hygiene you'd use with the common flu.

"Wash your hands," she said. "If you don't have running water available, use an alcohol gel or foam to wash your hands.  Try to avoid touching around your nose or mouth."

And keep the well-being of the entire community in mind.

"If you are ill, do not go to work," she said. "Please, let's not spread the love around, so to speak."

Morrow said Shelby County is also reaching out to Spanish-language media to send out fact sheets.

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