Two Probable Swine Flu Cases Reported In Berks County

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The Pennsylvania Department of Health is reporting the first two probable cases of swine flu in Berks County. Full Story
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way to go dr urzillo

Wildwood, NJ

#1 May 13, 2009
so the letter that was sent home with CW East students this afternoon said this was NOT a case of swine flu, yet WFMZ said CW knew this morning. Once again, just like that bomb threat in June 07 where Dr Adams hid the bomb in the office without calling the police, CW tries to cover up again. way to go
question

Easton, PA

#2 May 13, 2009
Does this count as snow days then, because schools need 180 days. Do they have to make it up?
nini

Jersey City, NJ

#3 May 13, 2009
Since this isn't a district-wide closing, the days will NOT have to be made up. My question is, don't the elementary school students ride the same buses as the middle and high school students? Have the buses been cleaned and sterilized? What about the siblings who are asymptomatic being allowed to attend school? Laughable! Wasn't it just last week that the fourth grade attended orientation at the middle school? Another fine handling of a situation by Weiser!:)
connect the dots

Manchester, PA

#4 May 13, 2009
It is interesting to note that this H1N1 incident happened immediately after gypsy moth (pesticide) spraying from helicopters was done in the area nearby this school. Tuesday morning, the DCNR-contracted applicator sprayed BT, and then that same evening, another privately hired company sprayed a much more toxic pesticide over and much wider area.
I doubt we will hear much about this in the news, but there is often a weakening of the human immune system when we are exposed to many of the pesticides commonly used today. This weakening of the immune system is more prominent in the young, the old, and the infirmed.
connect the dots

Manchester, PA

#5 May 13, 2009
Oops, a correction to the above post. Those helicopter sprayings were done on Monday, not Tuesday.

Sorry about that. The point is still valid.
Jocelyn

Philadelphia, PA

#6 May 13, 2009
I go to the Middle school and my mother wont let me go because of how many people in my class hae siblings that go to West. Thats just ridiculous!Some parents huh!
Jocelyn

Philadelphia, PA

#7 May 13, 2009
Correction i dont li9ve in Mount Royal, I live in pennsylvania!
concerned parent

Philadelphia, PA

#8 May 13, 2009
Jocelyn wrote:
I go to the Middle school and my mother wont let me go because of how many people in my class hae siblings that go to West. Thats just ridiculous!Some parents huh!
My kid goes to L.P.N.S. in Robesonia and she is not going for the rest of the year because her classmates have siblings that go to west. Boo-Hoo to bad. Im not dragging the swine flu into my home. Even though I pay for her to go, she not going.
momofasenior

Whitehall, PA

#9 May 13, 2009
My child had the symptoms, took him to the doctor, she said, it's just a cold, by the next day he was sent home from school with a fever and no appetite at lunch, this was followed by a day of fever, poor appetite and diaharea, all swine flu symptoms, was he tested, no, did the doctor ok him to go back to school, yes. I sent my sick child back to school for half a day. I hope he didn't give whatever he did have to anyone else. Try to be a responsible parent......

The school is doing the right thing, they need to close, keeping any sick children out, sanitize by CDC standards, and then allow them back. The buses also, as some one else said. As for the no symptom siblings going to school, assinine. Anyone with more then one kid, which I have, knows that when one gets it, they all get it, and if they don't, they are a carrier.

I work in a daycare, I know the standards for sending sick kids home, and the precautions we take in the center to keep things sanitary. They really should make it a districtwide closure, or at the very least, the three schools that shared the buses, until everything can be sterilized.
frustrated parent

York, PA

#10 May 13, 2009
The extent that some of you parents are going to it absolutely silly! Not sending you kid to school because they might get the flu?? Well you better not go to the grocery store or any public place for that matter! The school is handling the situation as recommended by the Pennsylvania Dpmt of Health. What more do you expect them to do? There are other schools throughout the country with very similiar circumstances that did not close at all! Give it up, you can't put your children in a bubble!
common sense

AOL

#11 May 13, 2009
frustrated parent wrote:
The extent that some of you parents are going to it absolutely silly! Not sending you kid to school because they might get the flu?? Well you better not go to the grocery store or any public place for that matter! The school is handling the situation as recommended by the Pennsylvania Dpmt of Health. What more do you expect them to do? There are other schools throughout the country with very similiar circumstances that did not close at all! Give it up, you can't put your children in a bubble!
Yes!!! Exactly!!! Do we all keep our kids home during normal flu outbreaks? NO!!! My children all go to Conrad Weiser and as long as they are healthy they will go. If they get sick then they get sick. I really believe the elementary school was closed because of panicky parents. Kids get sick!!! Of course we don't want them to but closing school and keeping the kids home isn't going to prevent anything.
an observer

Jersey City, NJ

#12 May 13, 2009
Yes, kids get sick, and normal flu outbreaks do happen and people send their children. However, the fact that this particular strain is one that is outside the scope of the vaccinations does change things. While your children may get sick and recover, there are many...especially those that are already weakened or those that are pregnant, that might have serious complications from this flu. It is irresponsible to not do everything we can, even if that means the kids stay home for a little, to mitigate the spread of this virus.

I respectfully disagree that keeping the kids home won't do anything. Since young children are prone to coughing/sneezing without taking the proper steps to prevent contamination, they are likely vectors for this virus.
the truth giver

York, PA

#13 May 13, 2009
i was a student at weiser at one time and my mom took me out of that school cuz they know about so many thing and arent worried about there students
Annoyed

Nazareth, PA

#14 May 13, 2009
connect the dots wrote:
It is interesting to note that this H1N1 incident happened immediately after gypsy moth (pesticide) spraying from helicopters was done in the area nearby this school. Tuesday morning, the DCNR-contracted applicator sprayed BT, and then that same evening, another privately hired company sprayed a much more toxic pesticide over and much wider area.
I doubt we will hear much about this in the news, but there is often a weakening of the human immune system when we are exposed to many of the pesticides commonly used today. This weakening of the immune system is more prominent in the young, the old, and the infirmed.
Sorry, I find no valid point here. I don't know what spraying chemicals to kill insects that will wreak havoc on the trees has to do with a virus that has already been announced it was born in mexico. Alright, I know what your going to say, BUT THE CHEMICALS?!?! If they were proven so harmful the government and DEP wouldn't allow them to be dropped over millions of citizens. At most a slight reaction might pop up in certain cases. But have being sprayed outdoors in the most ventilated environment possible, I doubt the spraying has any major effect on anything eccept those gypsy moths. The parts per billion are way to low considering the natural air quality.

On another note, If they wouldn't have sprayed, you'd be calling the government because your tree(s) Are destroyed by gypsy moths. its a lose, lose situation because either way you'd complain. Grow a set, and trust our medical professionals, which have to be by far the BEST in the world.
Annoyed

Nazareth, PA

#15 May 13, 2009
im not satisfied yet. I have one more thing to get off my chest.

In a country so paranoid of sickness and Ol' Big Brother government taking charge. We have no real cleansing of population anymore. When its time to go, its time to go. Outbreaks/pandemics come along to keep population down. i don't want to sound cold hearted, because im really not. But seriously, this is life, Things happen.

On another note, if you bubble your children, and lysol everything they touch, and keep them home, Their immune systems will never get a chance to experience everything. I get sick too, and you know what? i don't go to the doctor, or take meds unless its that painful. i let my body take charge and kill off anything it can fight, If I catch something I can't fight off. Well then I got my ass kicked, so be it. Im not going to let lysol and doctors who state the complete obvious everytime your sick rule my life with fear. Nor will I pay them. Glad to see education comes second now.
This strain is different

United States

#16 May 13, 2009
Obviously, parents are obligated to follow their own hearts and minds regarding this issue.
But know that the gov't is preparing in case of a full-fledged pandemic
..against a virus for which we currently have no prepared vaccinations.
In this situation, it might be wise to err on the side of caution. What's the harm!
Confused

United States

#17 May 13, 2009
where was the other school with a possible case in Berks County?
a nurse

Johnstown, PA

#18 May 13, 2009
an observer wrote:
Yes, kids get sick, and normal flu outbreaks do happen and people send their children. However, the fact that this particular strain is one that is outside the scope of the vaccinations does change things. While your children may get sick and recover, there are many...especially those that are already weakened or those that are pregnant, that might have serious complications from this flu. It is irresponsible to not do everything we can, even if that means the kids stay home for a little, to mitigate the spread of this virus.
I respectfully disagree that keeping the kids home won't do anything. Since young children are prone to coughing/sneezing without taking the proper steps to prevent contamination, they are likely vectors for this virus.
Sorry but more people die from the yearly flu than Swine Flu although I do agree that the schools do need to keep on top of things as should the government as it is better to be prepared.
Everytime you go out of your house you are exposed. As a nurse I am amazed at how many of my patients that I need to remind to wash their hands after the bathroom etc. Just think of how many things you touch in a days time that was probably touched by someone who did not wash their hands. That to me is scarier than any flu bug!!
Anyway, I truly do hope everyone stays healthy. Get plenty of rest and eat well. Stay on the ball everyone!
Bonnie

Reading, PA

#19 May 14, 2009
The school is closing due to swine flu??
Obviously they haven't really been paying attention to the real facts.
Even the doctors on WEEU's medical program last night told the facts that this flu is actually less dangerous than the regular human flu we experience each year in the United States.
Thousands die each year from the regular flu & we don't hear of schools ever closing for that.
Icee Tee

Narberth, PA

#20 May 14, 2009
School should be for academics, not epidemics.

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