businesses are taking steps to protect against the spread of swine flu as the
number of confirmed cases in the
The U.S. Centers for Disease
Control and Prevention yesterday reported 403 confirmed cases across 36 states
– 124 more than were confirmed the day before. Worldwide, the number of cases
of swine flu – technically known as 2009 H1N1 virus – topped 1,500.
state health officials said yesterday that 12 more cases of swine flu have been
confirmed, boosting the total number from three to 15.
particularly those with a global presence, are restricting travel to Mexico – the
epicenter of the virus – and temporarily closing operations there. Worldwide,
they’re also screening visitors to their locations.
Visitors to Eli Lilly and
Co. locations, for instance, are asked whether they have traveled to
past three days. If so, they are turned away and told to return 72 hours later,
Lilly spokeswoman Lauren Cislak said.
The flu has been blamed for
30 deaths: 29 in
one in the
according to the World Health Organization.
New York-based Chase, the
largest bank in the
Columbus-based Cummins Inc., are among corporations restricting travel to
Chase has investment and
commercial banking operations in
Diesel engine maker Cummins has manufacturing facilities in Juarez and
plants have been closed since Friday, per an order from the Mexican government
urging non-essential businesses to shut down. They were set to reopen today,
Cummins spokesman Mark Land said.
“We thought if we could
restrict activity for a few days, it might go a long way in helping this thing
burn itself out,” Land said.
Mexican officials lowered
their swine-flu alert level on Monday after declaring that the epidemic is
waning there. Still, global health officials urged countries to remain vigilant
because the outbreak’s spread around the world remains in the early stages.
Chase has increased the cleaning frequency of its branches and continually
updates employees on the severity of the situation, Chase spokeswoman Nancy
“It’s just prudent to do
that,” she said.
more dangerous than the regular flu virus. Yet the seasonal flu results in
hundreds of thousands of hospitalizations and about 35,000 fatalities each
Clarian Health is
temporarily restricting “non-essential” patient visitors at its downtown
In addition, Clarian is
asking families to limit the number of people accompanying patients to
emergency rooms, outpatient-surgery waiting rooms and physician offices.
The restriction will be
reviewed daily and lifted at the earliest appropriate time, Clarian said in a
“Our highly specialized care
and unique patient population makes it important that we protect everyone from
unnecessary potential exposures to the virus,” Dr. Douglas H. Webb, Methodist’s
director of infection control, said in the statement.
But for Indianapolis-based
Celadon Group Inc., whose trucks travel between
nothing has changed, company spokesman Craig Coven said.
“By and large, it’s been
business as usual,” he said.