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Local Experts Hold Forum About H1N1 Virus


NASHVILLE, Tenn. - The Adventure Science Center hosted a public panel discussion about the H1N1 virus with local experts.

The experts sat down with residents to hear about their concerns, the rumors and the unknown.
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"There is a lot of stuff going on behind the scenes, a lot of research about this new virus," Chris Taylor with the Metro Health Department.

The H1N1 bug has infected 140 people across the country.

"A lot of people are concerned about this. You know this is a novel virus. Nobody knows exactly what the results of this virus is going to be," said Taylor.

The virus has become the topic of conversation in the office and on the playground.

"One time Ariel and I were playing a game, and she started to put her hand up to her eye and I reminded her never to put your hand up to your eye because she does that a lot," said 9-year-old  Sherrelle Simms. 

So many tips and myths were the reason Laidye Askew and her God-daughter Sherrelle attended the public forum with health care experts. 

Doctors calmed fears by reminding the public frequent hand washing and covering a cough or sneeze will keep the virus from spreading.

Congressman Jim Cooper added the H1N1 virus did not catch the U.S. Government or Middle Tennessee agencies off guard.

"Fortunately this is something that we've actually been practicing for, for some time both at the Federal and the State level. I think the U.S. is relatively well prepared," said Cooper.

A Middle Tennessee State University professor talked about how viruses move from animals to humans.

Also the Director of Vanderbilt's Program for Vaccine Services spoke about how and whether a vaccine for the new strain might be created.
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The H1N1 virus even took center stage at Friday's budget meeting of the Metro Council.
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Nashville Mayor Karl Dean and Metro's Health Director made a surprise stop at the meeting, to talk with council members about the virus.

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