Berks School First In PA To Close Because Of Swine Flu

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Berks County's first confirmed case of swine flu is making big waves: It's closed an elementary school for a week.
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Disgusted

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May 14, 2009
 
I understand concern for the children, but this is ridiculous. This is hardly the worst type of flu ever to hit the area. The real info is that this one isn't nearly as deadly as other flues.
ReadyMom

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May 14, 2009
 
'Disgusted' wrote: This is hardly the worst type of flu ever to hit the area. The real info is that this one isn't nearly as deadly as other flues.
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This is incorrect. Currently, experts are stating that the 'Swine flu'/H1N1 is as Severe as 1957 Pandemic, with the potential of becoming even more so, by the fall. Read this:

May 12 (Bloomberg)-- The swine flu strain that has sickened people in 30 countries rivals the severity of the 1957 “Asian flu” pandemic that killed 2 million people, scientists said.

About four of 1,000 people infected with the new H1N1 strain in Mexico by late April died, according to a study published yesterday in the journal Science that was led by Neil Ferguson of the Imperial College London. Seasonal flu epidemics cause 250,000 to 500,000 deaths each year, the World Health Organization has said.

Scientists are trying to determine whether swine flu will mutate and become more deadly as it spreads to the Southern Hemisphere and back. The virus is more contagious than seasonal flu, the Geneva-based WHO said yesterday. A “moderate” pandemic like the 1957 Asian flu could kill 14.2 million people and shave 2 percent from the global economy in the first year, the World Bank said in October.

“While substantial uncertainty remains, clinical severity appears less than that seen in 1918 but comparable with that seen in 1957,” the Science study authors wrote.
(Source: http://www.bloomberg.com/apps/news... #)

Also, even though you may not be hearing about this virus in the news, it is still spreading rapidly. According to the CDC:

May 13, 2009 - Novel Influenza A (H1N1)- Congressional Update
As of May 13, 2009 11:00 AM ET, a total of 3352 confirmed human cases of novel Influenza A (H1N1) have been identified in the United States in 44 states and the District of Columbia. One hundred and thirty-three have been hospitalized. The median age is 15 and range from 1 to 87 years. There are approximately 604 additional probable cases currently being analyzed. There have been three deaths from novel Influenza A (H1N1), 2 in Texas and 1 in Washington. The total number of cases reported likely represents an underestimation of the actual total number of cases ...(source: CDC: http://www.cdc.gov/washington/H1N1update.html )

Although this flu may not be 'as deadly' at this time, there is concern for the changes that may occur, as the flu mutates in the coming months, as it passed through the southern hemisphere.

Schools that are proactive, such as the Berks County school, are doing so, to curb the the transmission of the virus. This is particularly important, since the "median age is 15" of those infected.
lucas2009

Greenwood, NE

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May 14, 2009
 
> REPORTER: Here are the symptoms you should be on guard for. Again, flu like symptoms, coughing, sneezing, feeling achy, tired and fevers. Any students exhibiting these symptoms should get to their family doctor and remain out of school for 7 days.

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May 15, 2009
 
lucas2009 wrote:
> REPORTER: Here are the symptoms you should be on guard for. Again, flu like symptoms, coughing, sneezing, feeling achy, tired and fevers. Any students exhibiting these symptoms should get to their family doctor and remain out of school for 7 days.
That sounds like any flu to me. So basically, this is a new flu and now we should all panic.

What exactly is so different about this flu? Nothing? That's right. You treat it like any other flu. You can die from this flu or any other if you don't treat it correctly. I find it pretty strange that we all the sudden panic when it's reported on by the media and named a "pandemic" by scientists.

I wonder what would happen if the news covered every sick person in the United States. "Today at Noon, Jim Smith in Reading got a tummy ache and had to leave work. Could this be a new version of the Swine Flu??!? More at 11!"

Lisa

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May 15, 2009
 
Why won't you release the infomation that you have about the other Swin flu case ? that isn't fair to the public we have the right to know the truth and its your job to report these kinds of issues not hide them

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