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Swine Flu Surge Closes [Austin] Schools, Tests Hospitals
Washington Post ^ | Sunday, September 27, 2009 | Rob Stein

Posted on 09/27/2009 9:28:54 AM PDT by BenLurkin

In Austin, so many parents are rushing their children to the Dell Children's Medical Center of Central Texas with swine flu symptoms that the hospital had to set up tents in the parking lot to cope with the onslaught.

In Memphis, the Le Bonheur Children's Medical Center emergency room got so crowded with feverish, miserable youngsters that it had to do the same thing.

And in Manning, S.C., a private school where an 11-year-old girl died shut down after the number of students who were out sick with similar symptoms reached nearly a third of the student body.

"It just kind of snowballed," said Kim Jordan, a teacher at the Laurence Manning Academy, which closed Wednesday after Ashlie Pipkin died, and the number of ill students hit 287. "We had several teachers out also. That was the reason to close the school -- so everyone could just be away from one another for a few days."

After months of warnings and frantic preparations, the second wave of the swine flu pandemic is starting to be felt around the country, as doctors, health clinics, hospitals and schools are reporting rapidly increasing numbers of patients experiencing flu symptoms.

"H1N1 is spreading widely throughout the U.S.," said Thomas R. Frieden, director of the federal Centers for Disease Control and Prevention in Atlanta during a briefing on Friday. At least 26 states, including Maryland and Virginia, are now reporting widespread flu activity, up from 21 a week earlier, the CDC reported. "H1N1 activity is now widespread," Frieden said.

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TOPICS: Education; Health/Medicine
KEYWORDS: austin; education; flu; h1n1; influenza; outbreak; swineflu
Can any of our Texas FReepers verify this report?
1 posted on 09/27/2009 9:28:54 AM PDT by BenLurkin
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To: BenLurkin

Swine flu IS a mild flu. It has not mutated. It’ll run its’ course. If your kid is sick...keep him/her home. If in doubt...keep him/her home.

2 posted on 09/27/2009 9:32:28 AM PDT by Sacajaweau
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To: Sacajaweau
A high school in Alexandria, KY was closed for a week.

They cancelled a football game because of 1 sick player. I guess they figured all those boys had been exposed and were just going to spread it.

By Monday, 20% of the student body was out sick so they closed.

3 posted on 09/27/2009 9:45:28 AM PDT by Dianna
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To: BenLurkin

Couldn’t be the state run fringe media, hyping up hysteria over a flu, eh?

Good grief Sanja Gupta had the swine flu...he had fever chills, cough and congestion....yep, that’s the flu.

4 posted on 09/27/2009 9:53:01 AM PDT by Freddd
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To: Freddd

Anyone foolish enough to take the swine flu shots will most likely come down with the flu and maybe worse illness

5 posted on 09/27/2009 10:11:57 AM PDT by manonCANAL
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