May 3, 2009 |
Last week, the Swine Influenza A(H1N1) pandemic swept through the media at a speed unparalleled by the global speed of the actual disease. But just as rapid was the response from the public health community, which showed itself up to the challenge. Start with April 23, when ill students lined up to see the nurse at St. Francis Prep School in Queens, N.Y. Several of those students' cultures revealed a non-typeable strain of influenza A, quickly confirmed to be the H1N1 variant consistent with swine flu. The information crept from a call to the New York City Health Department to local media coverage.
October 31, 2009 |
Philadelphia declared a public health emergency yesterday, an administrative action that mainly gives hospital emergency rooms more flexibility in dealing with increasing numbers of swine flu patients, most of whom are not seriously ill. Visits to ERs in the city are up about 25 percent over this time last year, officials said, a statistic that combines far greater increases at pediatric hospitals with lesser increases at acute-care facilities....
November 11, 2009
A 51-year-old man from Gloucester County with underlying medical conditions died Friday of complications related to swine flu, a New Jersey Department of Health and Senior Services spokeswoman said last night. He was the county's second death related to the H1N1 virus, and the state's 22d. At least 24 people have died of the disease in Pennsylvania, and four in Delaware. Also yesterday, Burlington County said it was canceling a swine flu vaccine clinic scheduled for this Friday at its Health Department office in Westampton and would instead hold clinics the same day at two malls - pending the receipt of more vaccine.
May 2, 2009 |
The rapid spread of swine flu continues to play havoc with the sports schedule around the world. Chile was asked to host two Mexican clubs' Copa Libertadores matches after health officials in Colombia rejected them yesterday because of concern about the swine flu outbreak. Chivas and San Luis qualified for the round of 16 in the Copa Libertadores - the Latin American club championship - but South American soccer officials do not want to play any of the matches in Mexico, where the swine flu outbreak has hit the hardest.
October 8, 2009 |
Archbishop Carroll will be closed today and tomorrow, with practices and games in all sports suspended, due to a report that one of its students had been diagnosed with swine flu and two others had symptoms of the same illness. "The school will be closed through Friday, and we'll reassess our situation on Saturday," said Fran Murphy, Carroll's athletic director. Carroll principal David R. Dickens said yesterday, in a letter posted on the school's Web site, that the Radnor-based school will be "thoroughly sanitized so that we can rid the building of any possible germs.
October 19, 2009 |
Swine flu is spreading: 292 U.S. deaths have been confirmed since Aug. 30, and seven times that number are suspected. But rumors about the illness and the vaccine to prevent it are spreading even faster. Some recommendations that were legitimate a few months ago have been superseded by larger studies, giving some people reason to doubt the latest advice. There is general agreement among experts about treating and preventing the disease, however. The following is based on the most up-to-date information.
April 28, 2009 |
IT HAS BEEN just a few days since the world began learning about a new strain of quickly spreading swine flu. Although none of the 40 known flu cases in the United States has led to death or serious injury, that hasn't stopped the nation's public-health machinery - and, of course, the news media - from quickly shifting into hyperdrive. President Obama said yesterday that the swine-flu outbreak - with origins in central Mexico - is a cause for "concern" but not "alarm," but how worried should you be?
December 11, 2009 |
Laura Brewster, healthy and fit at 56, ran, swam, and played tennis. Two weeks ago, she returned to Glenside from a dream vacation in China. Less than a week later, she was dead of swine flu. Kevin Hirsch, 26, almost never missed a day of work at a McDonald's restaurant in Northeast Philadelphia. "He didn't have a runny nose, a cold, or a fever in 15 years," said his father, Mickey, who disconnected his son's life support on Nov. 18 after nearly 15 agonizing days in the ICU. For months, public health authorities have emphasized the dangers of swine flu for people with specific medical conditions.
April 30, 2009 |
As the number of reported swine-flu cases grows, Philadelphia area businesses and organizations are responding with precautions, not panic. The bottom line for many: good hygiene. "We offer our staff a sink with soap and water," said Farah Jimenez, executive director of the Mount Airy USA community-development corporation in Northwest Philadelphia. "It seems to work for most things. " Workers with flulike symptoms are being urged to stay home. Some employers are advocating telecommuting.
September 2, 2012
State officials Friday confirmed two cases of a new strain of swine flu and one probable case in Western Pennsylvania. All three cases involved youth participants at the Somerset County Fair in mid-August, the state Department of Health reported. No one was reported hospitalized. The flu, known as H3N2v, has sickened nearly 300 people nationwide. The Associated Press reported Friday that a 61-year-old woman who came into contact with hogs at an Ohio county fair and contracted the virus had died.