Swine Flu Outbreak Prompts More School Closings

School blackboardA new flareup of the swine flu virus has recently struck New York city schools, sending an assistant school principal to the hospital in critical condition. He apparently had an underlying condition that may have worsened his illness, Mayor Michael Bloomberg said.  The city has closed three schools because of “unusually high levels” of flu-like illness, according to the mayor.  There have been a total of 320 students reporting illness.

As of today  at 11am, the CDC reports 4,714 confirmed or probable cases of swine flu in 47 states and the District of Columbia.  There have been 4 deaths attributable to swine flu. 

There is still “great uncertainty” about how the H1N1 flu outbreak will evolve, the director-general of the World Health Organization has recently stated. 
Source: “WHO Head Says H1N1 Outbreak Not Over”, MedpageToday, May 15, 2009
Source: “H1N1″, CDC, May 15, 2009

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