SWINE FLU OUTBREAK: City, CDC have drug stockpiles ready

Maria Wittgenstein of New York wears a face mask around her neck as she pushes her luggage and a stroller with her son upon arrival from Mexico City at Newark Liberty International Airport in Newark, N.J., Monday. AP Photo⁄Mike Derer

The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention is releasing a national stockpile of anti−flu drugs, gowns and masks to help hospitals treat suspected cases of swine flu as the number of infected people climbed Tuesday.

Dr. Bruce Besser, the acting director of the Atlanta−based agency, said every state has asked for its share of the national stockpile although only a handful of states — New York, California, Texas, Ohio and Kansas — have confirmed cases of swine flu.

City Health Commissioner Dr. Thomas Frieden said the city has more than 1 million doses of Tamiflu ready to be supplied to city hospitals should the number of cases grow.

—Howard Koplowitz

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