The federal government declared a national public health emergency yesterday, after tests found that eight teens in a New York prep school have mild cases of the deadly swine flu. This strain of influenza is very resistant to treatment. Initial studies of the virus--which started from pig to man--shows that young people are more at risk.
From the New York Daily News:
All 20 confirmed American cases of the sickness that has killed as many as 103 Mexicans have been nonlife-threatening.
Still, federal officials warned the outbreak is spreading and that Americans probably will start dying, too.
Local and federal officials are urging against panic, simply advising anyone who comes down with a fever or other common flu symptoms to stay indoors.
Have you heard of the swine flu? Are superbugs in schools something you worry about?