Sixteen people in Pocahontas County would die in a pandemic flu outbreak, according to the regional epidemiologist representing West Virginia’s Eastern Panhandle.

Kim Kline broke down the pandemic flu problem for a room full of health and safety planners in our community Tuesday evening.

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The Pocahontas County Local Emergency Planning Committee is working on a plan for what to do in the event that a Pandemic Flu outbreak should ever happen here.

During discussion at their meeting Thursday, Committee members acknowledged that – more so than terrorist attacks or other disasters – a flu outbreak is probably what people here worry about most.

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As PMH Director of Nursing Kyna Moore puts it, in a community this size, if we lost one person to the flu, we would miss them. And if a flu pandemic does touch our community, it will take a community-wide effort to sustain ourselves. Kyna Moore talks about what the hospital and other community leaders are doing to get ready.

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