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Swine Flu Roundup

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Here are the latest details on this outbreak.

Family wearing mask

• US health officials say new swine flu virus lacks traits found in the deadly 1918 flu strain. Phew!

• Confirmed cases of swine flu worldwide were 257 Thursday. In the United States, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said it had confirmed 109 cases of the flu with one death. New York has the most confirmed cases with 50. Texas has 26, and California has 14.

Fort Worth became the nation's first major city school district to close on Thursday due to swine flu. They will stay closed until May 11.

The Department of Education said Thursday that almost 300 schools were closed nationwide.

Department of Homeland Security Director Janet Napolitano asked parents of children whose schools closed to keep the children at home.

"The entire purpose is to limit exposure," she said. "If a school is closed, the guidance is and the request is to keep your young ones home."

• Vice President Joe Biden's comments yesterday -- that he would advise his family to avoid flying or being in confined spaces because of concerns about swine flu -- drew harsh criticism from the travel industry.

Cisco Junior College in West Central Texas has canceled Friday graduation ceremonies. Students will get their diplomas by mail, the college said.

• At least four schools (including Park City High School in Park City, Utah) have canceled their proms this weekend, according to CNN affiliate KSL-TV.

Do you think swine flu frenzy is blown out of proportion, or are you glad the country is taking such precautions?


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2 comments so far | Post a comment now
Krystine May 1, 2009, 2:21 PM

Wouldn’t it be nice if the world paid as much attention to our every day plagues, like gang violence, domestic violence, guns, homelessness, poverty, education shortfalls, drug abuse,… I could go on and on but you get the idea. I can’t seem to find the death toll in the USA anywhere, but I’m betting that however many it is so far, is less than the amount of deaths caused by violent gangs in a single day. I think the whole thing is being blown out of proportion. People should be washing their hands and covering their coughs anyway. Not that I’m heartless, I do feel terrible about those who are sick or lost someone, but man, give me a break.

Bec Thomas May 1, 2009, 11:18 PM

This is completely blown out of proportion and now the AP is reporting that this outbreak isn’t actually much of anything but the adverage flu.


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