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.
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.
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
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.