The institute is sending Dr. Arlene Seña-Soberano, associate professor of medicine at UNC and medical director of the Durham County Health Department to the state to assist with efforts related to swine flu (there are still no confirmed cases of the virus in NC). I hope to post updates from Dr. Seña-Soberano very soon.
Pia MacDonald, our Latin America projects manager and Director of the North Carolina Center for Public Health Preparedness reports that their office is organizing students who are working 2-day shifts at the public health command center in the Cooper Building in Raleigh. They are doing triage, fielding calls from clinicians and local health departments.
I will soon be posting a memo from our director, Myron Cohen, MD, who has been talking with the media for three days straight, and thinks we need to clarify some things about this virus.