Perry Asks Feds for Swine Flu Meds

Seems like only yesterday he was talkin' 'bout a secession

By Drew Nelles,  Newser Staff

Posted Apr 26, 2009 3:05 PM CDT

(Newser) – Turning sharply from tea party-inspired talk of secession, Texas Gov. Rick Perry is responding to three known cases of swine flu in his state by asking the federal Centers for Disease Control and Prevention to hand over 37,430 precautionary doses of antiviral meds, the San Marcos Daily Record reports. All three infected people are high school students from the same county, though officials believe that many more cases have gone undiagnosed.

“We will continue to work with our local, state, and federal health officials to ensure public safety is protected,” Perry said.

Texas Gov. Rick Perry walks in a area destroyed by recent wildfires during a tour in Stoneburg, Friday, April 17, 2009. He asked today for federal help in fighting a potential swine flu outbreak.   (AP Photo/LM Otero)
%u201CAs a precautionary measure, I have requested that medication be on hand in Texas to help curb the spread of swine flu," Texas Gov. Rick Perry said today.   (AP Photo/Harry Cabluck)
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As a precautionary measure, I have requested that medication be on hand in Texas to help curb the spread of swine flu.
- Gov. Rick Perry

There is a reasonable chance that the current swine flu situation will not expand. However, we must take prudent steps to ensure the state is prepared if it does. - Department of State Health Services Commissioner David Lakey

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