Durbin Statement on Illinois' Swine Flu Prevention

[WASHINGTON, D.C.] – Assistant Senate Majority Leader Dick Durbin (D-IL) today issued a statement following a briefing on the ongoing effort to protect the health and safety of Illinoisans from the threat of swine influenza. Earlier today, Durbin was joined by members of the Illinois Congressional Delegation on a telephone briefing with the Director of the Illinois Department of Public Health, Dr. Damon Arnold and the Director of the Illinois Emergency Management Agency (IEMA), Andrew Velasquez.


“While the swine flu has not yet been found in Illinois, it is important that IEMA and the Department of Public Health are prepared to act quickly in the event it is found in our state. I am confident that both agencies have taken the appropriate steps to ensure early detection and a quick response to limit spread of the virus.


“Coordination with federal officials is essential to ensuring that every resource – such as anti-viral medication and up-to-date information – is made available to local officials and residents. Illinois health officials reported that at present, they have adequate stockpiles of medicines to deal with this problem. I will continue to work closely with members of the Illinois Congressional Delegation to monitor Illinois’ ongoing preparation and prevention efforts.”