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New York City: Swine Flu Alert

Posted by darbs on May 18, 2009

H1S1 Virus in My Neighborhood

H1S1 Virus in My Neighborhood

Today, a telephone call came asking if the school in my neighborhood is under the H1S1 virus list – – because if it is, the school might be closed and it is time to go to Mexico for a vacation. So I googled. . . Here is what I found at bloomberg.com.

Ang butakal nga swine naa na giod sa Queens! Gipanggukod na ang mga anay. HALA KA DIHA!

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Headline: New York City Closes Six Public Schools for Swine Flu (Update2)

May 15 (Bloomberg) — New York City closed three(3) more public schools today, raising the number of shuttered schools to six(6) in a renewed outbreak of swine flu that first sickened hundreds of residents about three weeks ago.

The New York health department today closed two schools in the borough of Queens and one in Brooklyn for five days after 128 students reported flu-like illnesses that could be swine flu, known as H1N1, the department said in an e-mailed statement. Three other schools were closed yesterday after health authorities found “unusually high levels” of flu symptoms and a male assistant principal at one of the schools was hospitalized in critical condition, New York’s first serious swine flu illness, Mayor Michael Bloomberg said.

New York City was the first area in the U.S. last month to report more than a dozen cases of swine flu that has now reached 35 countries and sickened more than 7,500 people worldwide, according to the World Health Organization. City health authorities said May 1 they would test only those New Yorkers seriously ill with flu-like symptoms because most local cases of the H1N1 influenza were no more severe than seasonal flu. At the time, Bloomberg said more than 1,000 people in the city may have been infected with the virus. Read the rest of the article.

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