AH1N1 influenza : three new schools closed in New York
The closure of schools has been decided Thursday after the discovery of a major outbreak in a school in Queens, including one responsible is in serious condition while hundreds of children are suffering from flu-like symptoms.
The New York mayor Michael Bloomberg announced Thursday that the three schools, which cater to them all more than 4,000 students, would remain closed for at least a week due to "unusually high level of influenza disease." There are confirmed cases of H1N1 in one of them, "added the mayor, stating that they were four students and one assistant principal. More than 50 students in this school had to return home with flu-like symptoms. In another Queens school, 241 students were absent Thursday, and dozens of other patients were in an elementary school.
According to the Department of Health of New York, Deputy Chief of School Susan B. Anthony is under respiratory assistance, the most serious case of influenza A/H1N1 reported to date in the city. Students who fell ill, however, more benign symptoms, close to a conventional flu. According to the mayor of New York, the Deputy Chief was perhaps pre-existing health problems, which could explain the seriousness of his condition. In more serious cases of influenza A/H1N1, patients showed vulnerabilities.
The first cases of influenza A/H1N1 in New York appeared at the end of April, when hundreds of teenagers from a Catholic school from Queens became ill upon return from vacation in Mexico, where the influenza virus A / H1N1 was discovered before it spread to several countries in the world.
Initially, the virus seemed to spread very quickly, a thousand people, students, their families and staff of Saint Francis High School is affected within a few days. The health authorities of the city have been alerted about this case on 24 April. The school was closed and the city began to prepare for an outbreak in New York.
But the spread of the virus appeared to be slowing down. If sporadic cases have continued to be identified, they were almost all mild. The children recovered quickly and St Francis School reopened after a week of closure.
Health authorities in New York Friday trying to understand the pattern of progression of the virus. Schools are often a breeding ground for spreading viruses because the space is confined and children do not always respect the rules of hygiene, noted Dr. Isaac Weisfuse, deputy head of the department of health of the City of New York . Throughout the United States, most of the cases concern young people.