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QNS. SCHOOL FEAR: CANCUN TRIP EYED IN SWINE OUTBREAK
NY Post ^ | April 26, 2009 | ANGELA MONTEFINISE and MICHAEL BLAUSTEIN

Posted on 04/26/2009 3:38:03 AM PDT by Scanian

group of Queens high school students likely brought Mexico's deadly swine flu epidemic to the city after they went on a wild spring-break party to Cancun earlier this month.

Some seniors from St. Francis Prep in Fresh Meadows took the trip over Easter hiatus two weeks ago. Days later, an outbreak of flu-like symptoms erupted at the school, leaving about 200 kids complaining of being ill.

Yesterday, city health officials confirmed that eight students "have probable human swine influenza" after testing positive for Influenza A, which officials say causes the swine strain of disease.

"We're very concerned about what may happen," Health Commissioner Dr. Thomas Frieden said yesterday.

The finding prompted city health officials to contact all New York hospitals and put them on alert for the bug.

On Friday, officials tested nine kids at the 2,700-student school after some complained of nausea, dizziness, headache and other symptoms resembling swine flu, which has already killed at least 81 people in Mexico and sickened more than 1,300.

"In every single case, illness was mild," Frieden said of the St. Francis cases, adding that no one was hospitalized.

"Many of the children are feeling better."

(Excerpt) Read more at nypost.com ...


TOPICS: Culture/Society; Mexico; News/Current Events; US: New York
KEYWORDS: cancun; epidemic; flu; influenza; mexicanswineflu; publichealth; queens; swineflu; swineflupanic; travel

1 posted on 04/26/2009 3:38:03 AM PDT by Scanian
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To: Scanian

Uh...why were high schoolers from Queens down in Cancun “partying” in the first place??? Were their parents THAT stupid?


2 posted on 04/26/2009 3:42:04 AM PDT by Virginia Ridgerunner (Sarah Palin is a smart missile aimed at the heart of the left!)
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To: Scanian; WestCoastGal; LucyT

Have there been any reported cases in Cancun? Odd.


3 posted on 04/26/2009 3:50:00 AM PDT by Rushmore Rocks
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To: Virginia Ridgerunner

Nope, just rich folks who couldn’t be bothered by their kids.


4 posted on 04/26/2009 3:50:47 AM PDT by Joe Boucher (yEP,i)
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To: Scanian

The gist of the story is that a bunch of kids in a NYC high school got what amounted to mild colds for a week. Must be a real slow news day with nothing horrific to report about the economy. They’ve got to get you to visit their site or buy their newspaper some way, why not alarmist news about public health? Sheesh!

Good thing my son’s senior trip 2 wks ago was to the Bahamas! However hubby was on business trip to Cancun at that time (&Bahamas the next week). Really seems like the world has gotten smaller. In that same 3 wk period (around Easter) I was in FL, a daughter was in TX and another daughter’s boyfriend from MN was visiting us in NY.

I guess the down side of cheap airfares is the possibility of quickly spreading these kinds of bugs. However, I still LOVE cheap airfares! Wash those hands often and stay away from sniffling people!


5 posted on 04/26/2009 3:52:52 AM PDT by YankeeGirl
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To: Rushmore Rocks
Have there been any reported cases in Cancun? Odd.

There could be a twenty percent mortality rate there but it wouldn't get reported. It would hurt the tourist trade.

6 posted on 04/26/2009 3:55:23 AM PDT by raybbr (It's going to get a lot worse now that the anchor babies are voting!)
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To: Scanian
Easter hiatus

Spring Festivus, you right-wing religious bigot bastard!

7 posted on 04/26/2009 3:57:45 AM PDT by Free State Four
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To: Rushmore Rocks

I saw a map this morning of the areas in Mexico where the concentration of reports was heaviest, and the Cancun area was practically ground zero. Perhaps the reports we have been hearing from Mexico are simply being produced in Mexico City, leading people to assume that most of the cases are in Mexico City, while the reports actually refer to cases elsewhere in Mexico.

In any case, it was interesting to see on the map that Southern Mexico, on the border with Guatemala and the area on the Gulf of Mexico, was the place where that seemed to have the most widespread incidence of this flu. It looked to me as if it had probably come into Mexico from further south. Mexico’s southern border is very hard to control because much of it is remote and jungly, and people smuggling is a big activity there. It would have been very easy for the flu to be introduced through there, either accidentally or intentionally, and spread north.


8 posted on 04/26/2009 4:00:17 AM PDT by livius
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To: Rushmore Rocks

I wondered about that too as the mexican govt said no beach communities were affected. Of course they wouldn’t want to lose their tourism money. Who cares if people get infected and take it home.


9 posted on 04/26/2009 4:01:42 AM PDT by WestCoastGal (If he wants to come by the bus after the race and get his a$$ whooped, I'll do it. - Dale Jr)
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To: Virginia Ridgerunner
Uh...why were high schoolers from Queens down in Cancun “partying” in the first place??? Were their parents THAT stupid?

I agree and have little sympathy for those who went to Mexico despite the warnings of violence.

10 posted on 04/26/2009 4:05:02 AM PDT by Erik Latranyi (Too many conservatives urge retreat when the war of politics doesn't go their way.)
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To: Virginia Ridgerunner

About 50 kids from my son’s senior class went to the Bahamas two weeks ago. One of his sisters had done school sponsored trips to Scotland (with theatre group) and Disneyworld (twice for chorale competetions). His other sister did travel soccer and I sent her all over for that. I didn’t let her go to the Bahamas for her senior trip the year that Natalie Holloway went missing. But I felt the climate was safer now, and a larger group (not school-sponsored) was going this year.

Plus, he’s enlisting in the Army and shipping off to Basic Training 3 weeks after graduation. I let him go. He turned 18 in the Bahamas and I was a little concerned (the drinking age is 18 there), but you have to let them go and do the same stupid things you did. One difference is that my parents never spoke to us directly about alcohol or drugs or anything like that. These kids are fanatically against drinking & driving. (Not against drinking, however.)

I was disappointed he had drank excessively a friend’s house recently, but he came home by cab and admitted right away what happened and asked if I could drop him off in the morning to pick up the car. A little smarter than my friends 30 years ago.


11 posted on 04/26/2009 4:05:36 AM PDT by YankeeGirl
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To: Erik Latranyi

Hubby went to Mexico for business and a co-worker went on vacation in last 3 wks. Warnings were mostly for the border areas. If you actually read the state dept warnings, they were really the usual: stay in the tourist areas, don’t swim alone in the rough waters, don’t get arrested buying drugs. The media attention was really totally off base on that one.
It only got so much attention because it was college and hs spring break time.

Neither hubby nor friend saw any unusual security or problems in the tourist areas. Again, the media needs you to buy their papers or visit their sites.


12 posted on 04/26/2009 4:12:18 AM PDT by YankeeGirl
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To: WestCoastGal
> Of course they wouldn’t want to lose their tourism money. Who cares if people get infected and take it home...

Well, they certainly don't care about illegal immigration.
In fact, they openly encourage it.

Why would they care about sending us their disease?

13 posted on 04/26/2009 5:06:08 AM PDT by bill1952 (Power is an illusion created between those with power - and those without)
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To: YankeeGirl

“The gist of the story is that a bunch of kids in a NYC high school got what amounted to mild colds for a week”

LOL! I came back from Cancun in 2001 and within 12 hours had a bad cold. It must have something to do with the temp change.


14 posted on 04/26/2009 5:24:09 AM PDT by alice_in_bubbaland (Markets and Marxists Don't Mix! Smile you're on Janet's Candid Camera!)
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To: livius

Interesting. My wife and I were in Guatemala three weeks ago. No signs of illness here.


15 posted on 04/26/2009 5:44:23 AM PDT by p. henry
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To: Free State Four

Please do not reply.

You put me in stitches (An old time saying).
I laughed so hard my sides hurt.
2 minutes at least.
Guess that shows my age.
But that was the truest and funniest line I have seen in a long time.


16 posted on 04/26/2009 5:53:18 AM PDT by squibs
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To: Virginia Ridgerunner

Should have gone to Aruba, safer there (sarc.)


17 posted on 04/26/2009 5:57:54 AM PDT by varina davis (Life is not a dress rehearsal)
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To: varina davis

M.O.O.N. that spells SCARY.


18 posted on 04/26/2009 6:50:39 AM PDT by desertsolitaire (M.O.O.N. that spells SCARY.)
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To: Scanian
Saint Francis Prep. Cancun.

Must have been a pilgrimage to the religious sites, huh?

19 posted on 04/26/2009 6:52:31 AM PDT by Jim Noble (They are willing to kill for socialism...but not to die for it.)
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To: Virginia Ridgerunner

Geeze, when I was a HS senior we took a two hour bus ride to Yosemite, spent the day and went home at dark.

I must have led a very boring life. /s


20 posted on 04/26/2009 10:56:36 AM PDT by EggsAckley ("There's an Ethiopian in the fuel supply." W.C Fields)
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To: EggsAckley

We did ferry from midtown Manhattan to Bear Mountain for the day. Along with about a dozen other high schools. Rain or shine. Barely controlled chaos. I don’t think I flew until after college! It could have been worse, a bunch of my friends’ schools did the “cheese” bus to Rye Playland for the day. When my kids complain about stuff I usually just smirk - very little sympathy here.


21 posted on 04/26/2009 12:32:31 PM PDT by YankeeGirl
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To: YankeeGirl

Boy,have things changed! I really, truly do not approve of this modern “senior trip” thing.

Any kid of mine would NOT go on this kind of a trip. Of course, I graduated in ‘64 so I guess I’m probably totally irrelevant..


22 posted on 04/26/2009 2:19:15 PM PDT by EggsAckley ("There's an Ethiopian in the fuel supply." W.C Fields)
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To: EggsAckley
...I guess I’m probably totally irrelevant...

The totally irrelevant are the ones who let their children go on high-school drinking trips to Cancun with two or three school employees keeping an eye on things.
23 posted on 04/26/2009 2:23:43 PM PDT by AD from SpringBay (We deserve the government we allow.)
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To: EggsAckley

Boy,have things changed! I really, truly do not approve of this modern “senior trip” thing.

Any kid of mine would NOT go on this kind of a trip. Of course, I graduated in ‘64 so I guess I’m probably totally irrelevant..”

I think most parents let their kids go anywhere, do anything, so they don’t have to bother with them.

Yes, times have changed.....my mother wouldn’t even let me go to my graduation party in my hometown!


24 posted on 04/26/2009 2:23:47 PM PDT by AuntB (The right to vote in America: Blacks 1870; Women 1920; Native Americans 1925; Foreigners 2008)
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To: AD from SpringBay

I don’t think most of these these trips have ANY school sponsorship. I can’t imagine the school district taking on the responsibility or liability. The outfit that did my son’s Bahama trip has been doing this for years, but not formally through the school. This was the kids on their own for the most part with customer service reps on hand.

These kids are going to be off on their own in college in 4 months. If your kid is under 18 and requires your consent (or cash!) whether you give it it depends on how sound you think their judgment is. I gave him consent to enlist in the Army; I figured I could trust him on vacation.

I declined consent for one of my daughter’s the year Natalie Holloway went missing, but I think I was swayed by all the media blitz. In reality thousands of kids do this w/o any problems and she is a very responsible young woman. You just have to impress on them to stick together, watch each other for for signs alcohol excess or other recklessness, and don’t go off the beaten path. Your basic advice to them for the next few years!

For me the begining of “letting go” started when I handed over the car keys. Then you start praying they listened to something over the prior 16 years.

It is hard to adjust to having kids living at home as young adults (21, 20 & 18). I left for college just before I turned 17 and between work and summer sessions I never lived at home after that. I never went through the “where are they” angst, or “what time did they come in last night” questions with my parents like my friends and I went through with our kids. It seems more kids are not going away for the whole 4 years of college (to save money) and we are having to adapt to having our young adult kids underfoot.

Two are moving out this summer and I find I’m almost relieved. Of course the one going into the Army brings a new and different type of anxiety!


25 posted on 04/26/2009 4:10:42 PM PDT by YankeeGirl
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