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New York Reports Its First Swine Flu Death
An assistant principal at a New York City public school died of complications from swine flu in an intensive care unit of a Queens hospital on Sunday night, the first death in New York State of the flu strain that has swept across much of the world since it was first identified in April.
Hours before the death of the assistant principal, Mitchell Wiener, city officials announced that five more Queens schools had closed.
On Friday, Dr. Daniel Jernigan, head of flu epidemiology for the federal Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, said there had been 173 hospitalizations and 5 deaths reported to the agency. But he emphasized that most cases in the United States — possibly “upwards of 100,000” — were mild.
In Japan, the number of swine flu cases soared over the weekend, and authorities closed more than 1,000 schools and kindergartens .
Mr. Wiener’s death, which came five days after he entered the hospital and three days after his school, Intermediate School 238 in Hollis, Queens, was shut down by health officials, raised the level of concern among the public, especially parents, but health officials played down the significance of the death to public policy.
Japan closes 2,000 schools as swine flu spreads
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KOBE, Japan (AFP) – Japan has confirmed 129 swine flu cases and shuttered more than 2,000 schools and kindergartens in a bid to slow the spread of the virus that may already have infected hundreds.
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NYC Dept. of Health Press Release
Monday, May 18, 2009
...In addition to suspending some schools with unusual clusters of illness, the Health Department advises any New Yorker who has flu symptoms and also has an underlying health condition such as asthma, pregnancy, emphysema or other lung disease or diabetes; a compromised immune system or cancer; to seek medical treatment. In addition, if an individual with such a medical condition has household or other close contact with someone with influenza, they should see their doctor to determine whether preventive medicine is needed. For students, staff, and household members of affected students and staff at schools which have been closed, those who have an underlying medical condition as stated above should also see their doctors to discuss the need for preventive medicine.
Originally posted by Rockpuck
No animal has been found with the disease.
As far as I am concerned, it originated with Mexicans. Mexicans getting a little to familiar with a pig perhaps, but nonetheless it's Mexican flu to me.
It's the Worlds natural order that those who die, die. Why do we continually try to work against Nature?