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Many Hundreds of Kids Sick, Possible Swine Flu

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New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg says these illnesses are separate from the outbreak at a private school in Queens.

Wow. It keeps getting worse! More shocking reports keep coming out about the seriousness of the swine flu outbreak here in the U.S. Now New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg says two people are hospitalized with suspected swine flu, and the city's Health Commissioner says "many hundreds" of schoolchildren are sick -- all with suspected cases of swine flu.

Bloomberg says these illnesses are separate from the outbreak at a private school in Queens. If they are found to be swine flu, they would be the first in the U.S. connected to the outbreak. The mayor says the hospitalized are a child in the Bronx and an adult in Brooklyn.

swine flu outbreak in new york

The U.S. has more than 60 reported cases of swine flu, mostly in New York City. Now the Los Angeles County Coroner is also investigating two deaths they suspect to be related to swine flu and Governor Schwarzenegger has declared a state of emergency to help deal with the outbreak.

In related news, Carnival Corp. has announced they have suspended stops at Mexican ports for their cruises. The company says it canceled Mexico stops for three ships scheduled to visit the country Tuesday. It hasn't yet announced a decision on future stops there.

Other cruise lines, including Royal Caribbean International and Norwegian Cruise Line, are trying to calm nervous travelers by emphasizing the cleanliness of their ships. Royal Caribbean says it's monitoring the situation, but telling passengers not to worry because the outbreaks are inland, not in the Mexican coastal cities popular with cruise tourists.

Cuba has also become the first country to suspend all flights to and from Mexico as a precaution.

With a few simple steps, you can protect yourself and your family. ML's pediatrician Dr. Cara Natterson says:

1. Hand washing, hand washing, hand washing. We put our hands in our mouths often; our kids do so even more. By washing our hands regularly -- especially before eating -- we reduce the likelihood that we will ingest the virus that causes swine flu.

2. If your child doesn't feel well, keep him home. This protects others from catching whatever your child has, and it protects your child from picking up a new infection. When we are sick and our immune system is busy fighting one infection, we may be more susceptible to another. For this reason, being out and about -- at school or work or even just running errands -- while sick is not a good idea. (However, there is no need to keep healthy kids home from school at this point in time.)

3. Cover your mouth when coughing or sneezing. Teach your children to cough into their elbow (by pulling the entire arm across the face). This way, when they cough, the germs that come out aren't on their hands, ready to be smeared onto doorknobs, desks, countertops, and so on.

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Anon April 28, 2009, 3:18 PM

I’d like to see the Media not spend time on ‘suspected’ cases and just post ‘confirmed’ cases.

This Swine Flu media propaganda is really driving me NUTS!

There are 20 ‘confirmed’ deaths due to flu related ‘symptoms’ (respiratory) Not the ‘flu’ itself.

Does the media specify if the ‘many hundreds’ of children go to the same school?

Or did ‘many hundreds’ of parents keep their kids home due to the paranoia of swine flu and the media is taking it out of proportion so people stay glued to the TV so they can charge more for prime time commercials?

“Many Hundreds” of children are sick EVERY day, imagine that, in NEW YORK where the population is HUGE and the school systems have tens of thousands of students.

Media, post the FACTS nothing with


MarcomMom April 28, 2009, 3:48 PM

Anon, I wondered the same thing, whether the hundreds of “sick kids” are really hundreds of kids kept home from school as a precaution, but called in as sick.

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