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27May09 - As President Barack Obama and tens of thousands of people headed to the Naval Academy this week, officials at the service academy were handling a case of swine flu after a faculty member was diagnosed with the illness.
However, nothing was done to notify midshipmen or their friends and family visiting Annapolis for the school's commissioning ceremony yesterday that the contagious and potentially deadly virus was on campus.
"The people in contact with this individual have been informed and are being closely monitored. There is no indication of recent interaction with midshipmen during the suspected time frame and no midshipmen have exhibited symptoms of N1H1 (the swine flu virus)," a Naval Academy spokesman said in an e-mail.
The spokesman would not say if the White House was informed about the outbreak.
"The Naval Academy took all necessary and appropriate actions," the spokesman wrote.
A White House spokeswoman said a medical team evaluates health risks at all locations visited by the pres-ident, and determined there was no risk at the Naval Academy. However, the spokeswoman did not specify whether the medical team knew about the N1H1 case.
Obama was at the academy to deliver the commencement address and shake hands with the 1,036 graduates as they walked across the stage to receive their degrees.
The most common way to spread the virus is through saliva droplets in the air, which can fan out as much as 6 feet from a person. It can also be spread from surfaces like a keyboard to a hand, or from person to person through handshakes, said Dr. Trish Perl, a professor of medicine specializing in infectious diseases and hospital epidemiology at Johns Hopkins University.
Here is today’s report from the Centers for Disease Control as of 11 am, showing their data on swine flu / novel H1N1 case counts. Also included are the cases counts from the various states with the date and time. if shown, that the counts were posted. Please note that the CDC should have had enough time to update many of the states before this morning’s report.
The CDC has posted the same number of cases for California since May 18.
Originally posted by Hx3_1963Swine flu: child turned away from Bulli Hospital ED
[edit on 5/27/2009 by Hx3_1963]
[edit on 5/27/2009 by Hx3_1963]
A second person in Illinois has died from complications of swine flu, pushing the world's death toll past 100.
Illinois officials said the latest victim was a woman from northwest suburban Cook County who had other medical problems that might have made her illness more severe. They did not give her age, and said no other information would be released.
The death reported Wednesday was the 15th in the U.S. and the 101st worldwide linked to the virus that has sickened more than 12,000 people. The deaths of two more New Yorkers were linked Tuesday to swine flu.
Elsewhere, 83 deaths in Mexico, two in Canada and one in Costa Rica have now been linked to swine flu.