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Roskam Monitors Swine Flu Precautions At O'hare Airport

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Location: Washington, DC


Examines precautionary measures at Nation's Second Busiest Airport

O'Hare International Airport, May 1 - Congressman Peter Roskam today met with senior security officials at O'Hare International Airport to examine enhanced security measures at the nation's second busiest airport. Precautions here are particularly crucial since there are more than 50 probable cases of swine flu in the Chicago area and O'Hare has 24 nonstop flights from Mexico daily as well as hundreds of daily direct flights from Mexico and other swine flu-affected countries.

Rep. Roskam received a tour and briefing of O'Hare's international terminal's enhanced security operation from the Transportation Security Administration's (TSA) O'Hare Federal Security Director Kathleen Petrowsky and O'Hare Deputy Federal Security Director Ken Fletcher as well as the Customs and Border Protections' (CBP) O'Hare Director of Field Operations Dave Murphy.

"The enhanced security operations at O'Hare seem both coordinated and collaborative in this crucial time," said Rep. Roskam. "From what I've observed, security has been proactively monitoring potential sicknesses, without any sense of panic."

"From being prepared to identify and encourage sick travelers to receive medical care to being prepared to alert respective airlines of potentially sick passengers, there's a common sense collaborative approach in place here."

Today, the Illinois Department of Public Health announced three confirmed cases and 51 probable cases of the swine flu in Illinois, including eleven in Cook County and twelve in DuPage County. More than 100 cases have been confirmed in the U.S. by the Center for Disease Control (CDC) and more than 150 related deaths have been reported in Mexico. O'Hare International Airport is also home to the CDC regional quarantine facility.

Congressman Roskam is a member of the U.S. House Ways and Means Committee who oversee certain health related issues.

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