MADISON (WKOW) -- Wisconsin joins other states across the country taking proactive measures to insure public safety.
"The Public Health Emergency I'm declaring today will give public health officials all the tools they need to respond to this challenge," said Governor Jim Doyle.
Meaning the state health department is in charge and has more access to state resources including anti-viral medications.
"The health emergency will give authority to make anti-viral medications available to anyone in the state regardless of insurance or health coverage," Doyle said.
The declaration also calls on all state agencies to help if needed and allows the state to utilize The Wisconsin National Guard.
"I am authorizing the adjutant general of the national guard to use the guard as necessary and appropriate to assist in the states response to public health emergency," Doyle said.
Health officials say, while their are only five probable cases of swine flu in the state, the fear of virus is growing.
They urge the public not to panic.
"It isn't necessary for people in the state to a- say they need to have it immediately today, or b- to be worried about accessing it," said Dr. Seth Foldy of the Department of Health and Human Services.
As far as how much anti-viral the state has available, health officials say between the amount they have stockpiled in Wisconsin and what's available from the federal government, they believe they have a supply of about a half a million.
The Governor's declaration:
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