Swine Flu Continues to Attack Schools




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According to government officials, it is likely that 100,000 Americans are infected with the new influenza strain, many of which are young adults or children ages 5 to 17.

Schools are being hit substantially harder this flu season as the number of confirmed cases rises to 5,123. As many as 200 people have been hospitalized in the United States and five cases have been confirmed as H1N1 deaths.

A school vice principal has been confirmed as the first New York City resident to die from the swine flu. The man, who worked at an intermediate school in Queens, died from the virus on May 17 after fighting the illness for a week. His school was closed as a precaution on May 14.

The New York City Health Department is also investigating the death of a toddler as a possible swine flu case, according to the Associated Press. The 16-month-old boy died on May 18 after he was brought to the hospital for a high fever.

Nearly a third of the world’s population could be infected with swine flu if it goes global in the next six to nine months, according to researchers. The World Health Organization (WHO) has confirmed 8,829 swine flu cases in 40 countries around the world, resulting in 80 confirmed deaths.

The World Health Organization (WHO) has confirmed person-to-person transmission of the swine flu virus in the United States.

To view a H1N1 Influenza Tracking Map for Higher Education, provided by the International Association of Emergency Managers – Universities and Colleges Committee (IAEM-UCC), click here.

A pregnant Texas schoolteacher was the first U.S. resident to die from the H1N1 flu virus. According to reports, the woman already had underlying health conditions before contracting the virus. Her baby was delivered by Caesarean section. The schoolteacher’s husband is now denying reports of his wife having prior health concerns.

U.S. health officials continue to predict that the swine flu will kill some people, much like a seasonal flu does. U.S. officials are recommending schools refrain from closing its doors when a case of swine flu has been confirmed at the school.

The WHO raised the current level of influenza pandemic alert from phase 4 to 5 in the first week of May. Dr Margaret Chan, WHO’s director-general stated that all countries should immediately activate their pandemic preparedness plans. According to the organization, at this stage, effective and essential measures include heightened surveillance, early detection and treatment of cases, and infection control in all health facilities.

According to health officials, the best way to prevent the spread of influenza in schools is to reinforce the habit of proper hygiene. Encouraging children to do simple things like wash their hands is most effective way to contain respiratory virus epidemics.

Click here to view five tips to prevent the spread of germs.

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