N.Y. Students May Have Brought Flu Home From Trip
RENEE MONTAGNE, host:
So far, U.S. health officials have confirmed dozens of cases of swine flu in five states: New York, California, Texas, Kansas and Ohio. We're going to check in now in three of those states, starting in New York. It has the highest number of confirmed infections - 28 people - all connected to a Catholic high school in Queens. Some students from St. Francis Prep had gone to Mexico for spring break. A teacher and family members are also affected.
NPR's Margot Adler has more.
MARGOT ADLER: None of the students are seriously ill. All had mild cases and are recovering. Mayor Michael Bloomberg told the news conference that the only important number was one.
Mayor MICHAEL BLOOMBERG (New York): We are still dealing with a single cluster of swine flu cases, all associated with this one school.
ADLER: There was a report that a day-care center in the Bronx had six cases of swine flu, but the tests turned out to be negative. Emergency rooms saw an uptick of people coming in, worried about flu symptoms. The mayor said this was not evidence of flu.
Mayor BLOOMBERG: And our preliminary information is that they have not seen severely ill people, but have seen some people who are worried about the flu.
ADLER: Most New Yorkers were just going about their business.
Unidentified Man: Ladies and gentlemen, boys and girls, welcome to Citi Field.
ADLER: The New York Mets played a home game last night, and no one walking into the new Citi Field Stadium, or buying tickets for the game, seemed worried about being with thousands of people in the one New York City borough with confirmed cases of swine flu. Here are Mets fans Tom Packer(ph), Dina Bonifacio(ph), John Suzaki(ph), Marilyn and Bill Rostrom(ph), and Robin Davey(ph).
Weren't you a little concerned?
Mr. TOM PACKER: I'm aware of what you're talking about, but I really hadn't thought about it, so I guess the answer is no. If I see anybody who has it, I go the other way.
Ms. DEENA BONIFACIO: No, not really, because it's such a small percentage compared to how many people are going to be here.
Mr. JOHN SUZAKI: I'm not worried about it.
Ms. MARILYN ROSTROM: Me, no. I'm not afraid, no.
ADLER: No? Not at all?
Ms. ROSTROM: Not at all.
ADLER: And why?
Mr. BILL ROSTROM: So far, it's in one high school, and it's not been in the general public, that's why.
Ms. ROSTROM: I'm not going to Mexico.
(Soundbite of laughter)
I can go to Citi Field, but not Mexico.
Ms. ROBIN DAVEY: We're going to wash our hands frequently.
ADLER: New Yorkers, taking it all in stride.
Margo Adler, NPR News, New York.
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