The swine flu (H1N1) continues to spread in New York City as an assistant school principal becomes the city’s first H1N1 death and the nation’s sixth.
The principal of an intermediate school in Queens died Sunday evening in Flushing Hospital Medical Center after being hospitalized for H1N1 and being placed on a ventilator. The man had been sick with the virus for nearly a week before his school was closed on Thursday. Complications besides the virus are believed to have played a part in his death. No one else in New York City has been reported seriously ill as the H1N1 virus continues its sporadic spread thru the city.
11 city schools are closing Monday because of the numbers of students with H1N1 symptoms. Reportedly hundreds of school children were sent home sick this last week. City health officials said on Friday that this virus is spreading erratically but faster than the seasonal flu usually does.
The symptoms are generally mild and consist of sore throat, fever, cough, fatigue and body aches. H1N1 has a long incubation period so that those who are infected can be spreading the virus before becoming sick or showing symptoms themselves. This is possibly the reason for the rapid and erratic spread.
Health officials are strongly urging those with previous health conditions to see their primary care physicians if they develop flu symptoms or if they believe they have been exposed to H1N1 — especially those with diabetes, immune systems disease, the elderly, pregnant women and infants.
H1N1 is believed to have started in Mexico during the month of April and has since spread to 39 other countries. In a daily status report released on May 17th, the World Health Organization (WHO) reports 8480 laboratory confirmed cases in those 39 countries. Mexico has reported 2895 laboratory confirmed cases including 66 deaths. The United States has reported 4714 laboratory cases and Canada reported 496 confirmed cases.
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