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April 27th, 2009
Shafer sends swine flu letter

STAFF REPORT

Responding to reports of swine flu outbreak along the Austin-San Antonio corridor, San Marcos CISD Superintendent Patty Shafer sent a letter to parents within the school district Monday urging them to take extra precautions.

Shafer advised parents to ask their children to wash their hands often and decline to eat or drink after anyone else. Shafer also advised parents that children showing “symptoms of any type of influenza” should be checked by health professionals and kept at home until they are symptom free.

“For their own safety and the safety of others, students should not return to school until they have been fever and symptom free for 24 hours without medication,” Shafer wrote.

As of early Monday afternoon, the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) confirmed 40 cases of swine flu in humans during the present outbreak in the United States. The vast majority, 28 cases, have been confirmed in New York City. The United States government declared a public health emergency Sunday because of the outbreak, which has sickened people in Texas, California, Ohio and Kansas.

The CDC has confirmed two cases of swine flu in Texas, both in Cibolo, which is 40 miles south of San Marcos. Another ten cases in Cibolo are suspected.

The Schertz Cibolo Universal City ISD announced Sunday that it will close all of its schools this week. Schertz officials have closed their public library and urged citizens to avoid public gatherings. Cibolo officials have asked churches and other gathering places to postpone activities.

It is suspected that the recent deaths of more than 149 people in Mexico have resulted from a strain of swine flu as of Monday morning. The Mexican government has ordered the closings of schools across the country.

Shafer’s letter to San Marcos CISD parents can be accessed here.

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  1. If this got to N.Y. from D.F. it’s not a normal flu. Probably just a ruse by big pharma. “Swine Flu?” Gimme a break. Is it called that because all the elite are already on Cipro and just us peasants have to worry? Anyway, don’t bother getting vaccinated, the “cure” is worse than the disease.

  2. The reports state that the New York cases are confined to one private school where the kids recently returned from a trip to Mexico. But outbreaks are now occurring in Europe as well.

  3. Swine flu claims first US death. Richard Besser, acting director of the Center for Disease Control (CDC), confirmed that the death of a 23-month-old Texas baby was due to the H1N1 virus (swine flu)

  4. Just to clarify:

    “Kathy Barton, a spokeswoman for the Houston Health and Human Services Department, said Wednesday that the child had traveled with family from Mexico to Brownsville in South Texas. The child became ill in Brownsville and was taken to a Houston hospital and died Monday night, she said.”

  5. Stop the panic and look at the facts. The “sky is not falling chicken little”. Each year 36,000 Americans die from the “regular” flu. If we closed schools every time two students had THAT flu, all the schools would be closed from December to end of February!! TV news is playing this up big, why? Next week starts the “May sweeps”, the ratings period for TV, and they know they’ll capture far more audience in “crisis” mode! Facts: none of the Texas students with this swine flu have been admitted to the hospital or taken prescription meds to get over it. It’s just another flu. Take precautions, yes. Over-react, no. Do what you do during EVERY flu season, that’s all. And perhaps schools, news media, and government could take this time to educate people about contributing factors to getting sick: obesity, lack of exercise, proper nutrition, sanitary hygiene, etc. That’s what will keep you from getting this or any flu, or at least enable you to survive!!! Reality folks, not stupidity!

  6. Exactly. If you look at the percentage of people who have been diagnosed with the virus in Mexico City, it’s something like .0002 of the total population. There are 8.8 Million people in Mexico City! And that’s just the people who have been diagnosed. My calculator won’t even do the math for the percentage who have died. It’s too small a percentage of the total.

    Be safe. Take care of yourself. And if you are sick – stay home!

  7. I think it is pretty early in the outbreak to be speculating about the numbers of eventual cases or fatalities, one way or the other.

  8. Take a stand against fear and come to Lockhart this weekend or next and watch me perform in Lockhart
    (8 p.m. Fri/Sat 8p.m.; Sun. 2 p.m.-All Tickets $5) and next at the Baker Theater in a Cal Collins musical review and benefit. The two theaters in Lockhart have combined forces recently and are located just east of the square in the old movie theater.
    Our performances next week at the New Braunfel’s Brauntex have been “postponed” until July. Everything has been shut down in and around New Braunfels until after May 11. The folks at the Baker have graciously added two performances next weekend, too! Well, it is a benefit for them.
    I am proud to be working with very lovely and talented folks. I recommend these guys and this production highly! This is my first time to work with recorded accompaniment, and I’m singing some new music with great gusto!
    I’m not sure we know exactly how long the performances will last, but there are solos and choruses from ANNIE, OLIVER!, BEAUTY and the BEAST, Les Mizerable, Jekyll and Hyde, and many more.

  9. No, Dr. Schafer is apparently the ONLY smart school superintendent around!! This flu is being overblown! It’s just the flu, not any different than the various flu’s that hit EVERY year!! TV is making a big deal ’cause it’s “ratings month” and by scaring everyone they get more viewers!! {Now who is the idiot?}. We don’t close the schools EVERY year when the other flu’s hit and two or three kids are out of school now do we? Do you realize that THOSE flu’s kill 36,000 American’s each year, so why didn’t we close schools then or play “chicken little” and panic then??? This new flu has only killed less than 200 people, mostly in another country with poor sanitary conditions. Yes, that is sad and tragic, but not worth a panic attack. If you get this pig flu you will survive just like any flu you had in the past—get plenty of rest, liquids, etc…
    Thank you Dr. Schafer for being smart and using common sense!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  10. Yeah, closing schools makes a hell of a lot of sense! A friend of mine has kids in NB schools. They have a week of vacation this week. Guess where they spent a lot of their time? Was it at home alone? No, they went to the movies and he said the theater was FULL of other kids out of school! Oh yeah, according to him, they will not have to make up this week either since it is a “natural disaster”.

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