NYC Schools and H1N1 Flu

by NYC Firm Schools on May 16, 2009

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New York Schools are like any other facility populated by a large group of people; they have germs and spread them. In most instances simple cleaning does the trick, however the recent cases of H1N1 flu have been taken seriously and some schools are closing their doors for a few days to start massive scrub-downs of the entire facilities.

A Google Hosted News item reported that:

NEW YORK (AFP) — New York City authorities on Friday closed three schools following a swine flu outbreak as the World Health Organization reported more than a 1,000 new cases around the globe in 24 hours.
New York officials said an assistant principal of one of the schools that will stay closed through next week was in serious condition in hospital.

The schools are closing as a precaution to prevent the spread of the flu and also as a way to ensure a thorough cleanup can be instituted.

There are about 4,500 students at the three schools and city mayor Michael Bloomberg said they were ordered closed because of “an unusually high level of flu-like illnesses.”
The A(H1N1) outbreak came less than two weeks after New York health authorities pronounced the all clear after other schools were affected by the virus through students who had visited Mexico.
Bloomberg said swine flu had been identified in four students at one of the schools, all in the Queens district, “as well as in a staff member at the school who is critically ill.
“More than 50 students have been sent home from the school with flu-like symptoms,” he said. At a second school, 241 students reported absent Thursday, and at a third 29 students were documented with “influenza-like symptoms.”

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