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Swine Flu Outbreak In NewYork

Updated on February 17, 2012

Swine Flu in Queens

 Just when we all thought the Swine Flu was winding down a new oubreak in New City has threatened the whole community.   In Queens, New York Mayor Bloomberg has closed three schools for at least a week.  Hundreds of children have had flu like symptoms and more have called in sick. 

Hundreds of students began having Flu like symptoms last month went a large group of students for St. Franacis Prep school went to Cuncun, Mexico. 

One school Official is critically ill while suffering from the  Swine Flu but also has underlying  medical problems.  He is in critical condition. 

Four children have tested postitive for the swine flu strain.  The city's Health Department issued a statement that the swine flu virus resembles the season flu virus but spreads more rapidly.  Crowded places should be avoided as much as possible. 

The Thing I don't quite understand is why a crowd of students were allowed to go to Cancun, Mexico last month. Last month, we began to see the cases of Swine Flu and no-one ever questioned this school trip, students from New York, of all places?

New York is to the Swine Flu is like a dead animal to vultures. What better place to begin an outbreak but in such an over crowded city. Just walking down the sidewalk you come in contact with people from all over the world. On top of that, everybody travels to and from New York all day, everyday. Subways are crowded, living situations are crowded and sometimes unsanitary. I have never been to a part of New York that wasn't crowded. I personally do expect some sort of measures to be taken to prevent this virus from attacking New York like King Kong.

Everyone is at risk. This is not the last that we will hear of new outbreaks. This virus seems to change, if it began in Mexico then the virus must breed in warmer climates.  This outbreak in New York seems to defy that theory.  If you have ever been to Mexico and New York, you know the climates are extremely different.  Is it possible this virus can thrive under any weather conditions?  Is it mutating to adapt to it's enviornment?  The length of time between the trip to Mexico and the new outbreak was about 6 weeks.  How long is the incubation period in a human?  Can one be a carrier without having the virus itself.  I think the CDC needs to get busy answering these questions.  This is not going away.  I think it will continue to spread and while we are approaching weather changes will it explode or die?


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      fortunerep 8 years ago from North Carolina

      I agree, I have heen there several times and amount of people can be exasperating. I really do hope Mayor Bloomberg puts in place some sort of plan to aleviate the spread. This could be deadly.


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      VioletSun 8 years ago from Oregon/ Name: Marie

      My late nephew graduated from St. Francis Prep, so this brings back memories of him. I am from NY but live in Oregon now, and yes, NY is very crowded and catching viruses is risky in larger cities.