Swine flu topic of ‘Doctors On Call’ on WV Public TV

State health experts to appear Thursday at 8 p.m.

MORGANTOWN, W.Va. – Health officials say it’s only a matter of time before cases of swine flu are reported in West Virginia, so they are working to inform the public about how to prevent the spread of the flu.  Physicians, hospitals and public health officials are preparing to respond.

Two experts will answer viewers’ questions and talk about swine flu on a live presentation of “Doctors On Call” on West Virginia Public Television, Thursday, April 30, at 8 p.m.

Cathy Slemp, M.D., is the state health officer and director of the Division of Threat Preparedness, West Virginia Bureau for Public Health.  

Melanie Fisher, M.D., is an infectious disease specialist at West Virginia University. 

The program will be hosted by Bill Ramsey, M.D., medical director of West Virginia Emergency Medical Services, and a former emergency medicine physician at WVU.

“Doctors on Call” is a joint production of the Robert C. Byrd Health Sciences Center at WVU (www.wvuhealth.com) and West Virginia Public Broadcasting, a statewide network of radio, television, Internet and educational resources.

This program is made possible with major support from Mylan Pharmaceuticals. Other underwriters include The Health Plan, HealthSouth Mountainview Rehabilitation Hospital and the Center for Organ Recovery and Education.

For the latest information about swine flu, see www.wvuhealthalert.com.



For more information:
Amy Johns, HSC News Service, 304-293-7087
alj: 04-29-09

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