No swine flu here, but stay alert and be aware of these recommendations
While no cases have been identified in Florida as of Monday afternoon, swine flu has been confirmed in the United States, according to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
"This is a situation where we must all be on the alert," said Dr. Ana Viamonte Ros, Florida's state surgeon general. "We have increased our surveillance and we're telling doctors that with flu season waning, if they see patients with sudden onset of high fever and a cough or sore throat, they should collect a specimen for testing."
The state surgeon general provided these recommendations:
• As always, individuals with an respiratory illness should stay home from work or school to avoid spreading infections, including influenza, to others in the community.
• Avoid close contact with people who are coughing or otherwise appear ill.
• Avoid touching your eyes, nose and mouth.
• Wash your hands frequently to lessen the spread of respiratory illness.
• If you have cough, fever and fatigue, possibly with diarrhea and vomiting, you should contact your physician or health care provider.
Swine flu viruses are not transmitted through food and you cannot get swine flu from eating pork products. The infections appear to spread from person to person. Antiviral drugs can reduce the consequences of the flu, if taken early.
Ros said Florida is receiving regular updates from the CDC, and is working with local county health departments to monitor the situation and immediately follow up on any suspected cases. The CDC has created a Web page with information at www.cdc.gov/swineflu.
Fibromyalgia relief is topic of lecture
As part of its ongoing "Word to the Wise" lecture series, the Palm Harbor Library will host a presentation on fibromyalgia at 6 p.m. today and 2 p.m. Wednesday at the library, 2330 Nebraska Ave.
Dr. Amar Patel, a chiropractic specialist, will discuss the neurological and physiological causes of this baffling disease and offer winning techniques that sufferers can use to help improve their performance and eliminate risk of injury.
Call (727) 784-3332, ext. 3007.
Author discusses how to balance life's needs
The Morton Plant Mease Foundation will host Kelly Corrigan, author of The Middle Place, at its annual Planters Spring Luncheon at 11 a.m. Thursday at the Sandpearl Resort & Spa, 500 Mandalay Ave., Clearwater Beach.
In her book, Corrigan talks about balancing marriage, children, career, the care of her parents and adult duties including the period of time when her breast cancer diagnosis and her father's late-stage cancer coincided. She has been featured in O Magazine, Glamour and Publisher's Weekly.
Established in 2001, the Planters is a group of Morton Plant Mease Foundation members dedicated to establishing an educational, social and friend-raising network for women and supports community outreach programs and events.
Tickets are $65 per person and available by calling the Morton Plant Mease Foundation at (727) 725-6718.
Alzheimer's support group meets Thursday
Barrington Terrace Assisted Living and Memory Care Residence hosts Alzheimer's support group meetings at 6 p.m. on the last Thursday of every month at 333 16th Ave. SE, Largo.
Reserve a spot by calling (727) 588-0020.
Nutritionist to speak about diabetes care
The YMCA of the Suncoast-North Pinellas Branch will host a free workshop, "The Diabetes Dilemma: Diabetes Management and Prevention for Life," with nutritionist Sheila Dean at 8 p.m. Monday at 4550 Village Center Drive, Palm Harbor.
Call (727) 772-9622.
Make appointment for free skin cancer check
Physicians and nurse practitioners from Morton Plant Mease Health Care and H. Lee Moffitt Cancer Center & Research Institute will conduct free skin cancer screenings in support of the 13th annual Melanoma Monday, a nationwide campaign to raise awareness and encourage early detection of skin cancers from 8 a.m. to noon Monday at Morton Plant Hospital, Cheek-Powell Heart and Vascular Pavilion, Meeting Rooms A and B, 455 Pinellas St., Clearwater.
Space is limited. Please wear loose-fitting clothing to the screening. Examination is limited to exposed skin only.
Screenings are by appointment only. Call (727) 462-7500.
Overeaters group gathers weekly
Overeaters Anonymous meets weekly at the following times and locations: 10:15 a.m. Mondays, Lutheran Church of the Resurrection, 1555 Windmill Point Road, Palm Harbor; 11 a.m. Thursdays, First Presbyterian Church, 455 Scotland St., Dunedin; 7:30 p.m. Thursdays and 10 a.m. Saturdays, Palm Harbor Presbyterian Church, 2021 Nebraska Ave., Palm Harbor; and 2 p.m. Saturdays, the Dry Dock, 1733 Alt. 19, Tarpon Springs. Call (727) 327-4555 or visit oapinellas.org.
Free seminar focuses on organic gardening
Learn about organic gardening at a free seminar at 6 p.m. Friday at Nature's Food Patch, 1225 Cleveland St., Clearwater.
Call (727) 443-6703.
T.O.P.S. (Take off pounds sensibly): 8-10 a.m. Wednesdays at Largo Community Center, 65 Fourth St., Largo, (727) 538-2361. Fee.
T.O.P.S. (Take off pounds sensibly): Noon-2 p.m. Wednesdays at St. Timothy Lutheran Church, 812 Tarpon Ave., Tarpon Springs, (727) 938-0934. Fee.
Co-dependents anonymous (12-step): 7 p.m. Tuesdays at Grand Villa ALF, 750 Starkey Road, Largo, (727) 460-7824.
NAR-ANON FAMILY GROUP MEETINGS: 10 a.m. and 7 p.m. Mondays (except holidays) at 517 Crystal Beach Ave., Crystal Beach; 7 p.m. Tuesdays at First United Methodist Church, Friendship Hall, Room F108, 421 Main St., Dunedin; and 7 p.m. Wednesdays at St. Paul's Methodist Church, 1199 Highland Ave., Room 102, Largo. E-mail naranonfamily email@example.com.
cpap/bi-pap clinic: 10 a.m. today, Mease Countryside Hospital Medical Arts Building, 1840 Mease Drive, Safety Harbor, (727) 462-7500.
cpap/bi-pap clinic: 9 a.m. Wednesday, Bardmoor Medical Arts Building, Suite 210, 8839 Bryan Dairy Road, Largo, (727) 462-7500.
Cancer support group (women): 6 p.m. Monday (the first and third Monday of every month), Powell Cancer Center, 303 Pinellas St., Clearwater, (727) 462-7500.
Hands for hope "chemo brain" support group: 6 p.m. Monday, Cheek-Powell Heart & Vascular Pavilion, 455 Pinellas St., Clearwater, (727) 462-7500.
Melanoma monday: 8 a.m. to noon, Monday, Cheek-Powell Heart & Vascular Pavilion, 455 Pinellas St., Clearwater, (727) 462-7500. Reservation required.
early stage Alzheimer's support group for patients: 1 p.m. Monday, Ptak Orthopaedic and Neuroscience Pavilion, Room 114. RSVP at (727) 298-6384.