State, El Paso County haul in H1N1 medication

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For the first time in the state’s history, an overnight operation moved 167,000 courses of antiviral medications to fight the H1N1, or swine, flu to 13 different sites throughout the state, including El Paso County, even though there have been no confirmed cases in the county.

Shipments were made to Alamosa, Araphahoe, Boulder, Denver, Eagle, Jefferson, La Plata, Larimer, Mesa, Otero, Pueblo and Weld counties from Colorado’s share of the Strategic National Stockpile.

The medicines were pre-staged during the weekend, positioned based on population density to facilitate rapid delivery of medicine to any area of the state.

Colorado Springs serves as the storage facility for the state’s share of medications that are part of the National Strategic Stockpile, so the medicine was always very close.

Colorado has four confirmed cases of H1N1 flu, and officials say there are about six more cases pending confirmation. Everyone is recovering, but an Arvada middle school closed this week when a student tested positive for the disease.