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Jun 16, 2009 7:14 PMPublication: The East Hampton Press

Swine flu diagnosis for two Sag Harbor students

Jun 16, 2009 7:14 PM

School janitors stepped up efforts to wipe down doorknobs and disinfect the school’s common areas, Dr. Gratto said.

Several other district students are being treated for flu-like symptoms, but none was specifically diagnosed with the H1N1 strain. The district has three full-time nurses in its two buildings and at the Stella Maris Regional School, a Catholic elementary school.

The letter the district sent home to parents last week urged them to keep any children who show flu-like symptoms home from school for at least seven days, in accordance with the recommendations issued by the county. The county does not recommend that schools be closed.

The Pierson students are not the first on the East End to be diagnosed with swine flu. Two students in the Eastport-South Manor School District were diagnosed last week.

According to the New York State Department of Health’s website, there have been 780 confirmed cases of swine flu in the state.

The same day the diagnosis of the Pierson students was made, the World Health Organization declared that the new flu strain, which has been dubbed swine flu because it is a mutation from a strain that used to infect only pigs, has officially become a global pandemic. It has been identified in more than 70 countries, and identified cases are increasing rapidly, according to the Centers for Disease Control website.

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I really think that people should stop saying mot to worry and be more honest and forth coming with information. At Pierson HS last weekend Dancehampton held their recital so the school was occupied by children from the age of 3 on up and from all different school districts, I would like to know if the HS informed the people using the facilities of this. I personally have children with unique health issues that would not hold up well to a battle with a deadly flu strain and think I have the right ...more
By east end mom (4), East Hampton on Jun 12, 09 12:29 PM
School officials did a responsible job notifying people as soon as they found out. What did they know last weekend that they didn't tell you. Someone might have the flu. I could tell you that everyday-CAUTION-SOMEONE MIGHT HAVE THE FLU TODAY
By EastEnd68 (888), Westhampton on Jun 13, 09 5:50 PM
My coworker got the Swine Flu here in the hamptons. He's a local and lives out here full time. I agree, this is sorta serious.
By landarchi (33), Southampton on Jun 13, 09 11:23 PM
Think they dropped the ball on this................I know for a fact theses kid's had it for awhile
By bigmac (8), portjeff on Jun 15, 09 8:09 AM
The whole point is that this virus is NOT that serious. The only reason the schools go out of their way to communicate with the community of it's existance is because it was such a big news story, thereby keeping people from freaking out. People who get the flu of any kind can die. We're not going to keep our kids home everytime the flu is going around, and that's exactly what we have right now, albeit in a very limited portion of the population.
"Using new and improved statistical models, ...more
By HarborDad (37), Sag Harbor on Jun 15, 09 12:51 PM
While i am totally on board with how the media blows everything out of proportion on just about everything they report, i think the key to any school is the fact that they keep the parents and public informed. They sent a letter out and got the word out and that is what they have to keep doing. While most children will be able to defend against this virus, the warning goes out more to the children and parents that may have a compromised imune system- special cases. It will be a personal choice ...more
By DOTTS76 (8), HAMPTON BAYS on Jun 15, 09 2:28 PM
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By Paul Canson, Southampton on Jun 15, 09 3:01 PM
if schools sent out a letter every time someone had the flu, then there would be no school. Over-protective parents, thinking they're being vigilant, would just keep their kids away at every little case. Then when there's a real health issue, the school would have no credibility.

My 3YO daughter had 3 cases of swine flu in her class. They cancelled school for 3 days but only because the NYC board of health demanded it. More kids missed school from pink eye and lice - it's amazing how ...more
By littleplains (305), olde england on Jun 15, 09 3:14 PM
HarborDad,

I understand your point - but read the book on the 1918 Swine Flu outbreak. The first wave of cases were relatively mild - like now - the virus then morphed into a real killer of not just already sick people but healthy ones. I assume that's the concern here by the medical field and hence part of the hype. This version may not morph like 1918 - I guess no one knows - but we do need to be aware of it.
By North of Highway (280), Westhampton Beach on Jun 15, 09 4:12 PM
North of HIghway,

I read that book as well, but forgot whether the people infected on the first, less severe round fared better or worse when the virus morphed - do you have that info?

been curious about it since this flu started, but can't find the book ;-)


By quioguebirdfreak (25), quiogue on Jun 15, 09 5:21 PM
North of Highway,
Fair, but I think we can all agree that one of modern science's motivating forces and that of the research people within is that we now posses the ability to thwart any such problem. I get it, let's be careful and aware and communicate, as oppossed to selling advertising time on the eveniing news and getting people scared. I might be wrong, but the language between the lines is that this is a new flu strain, be careful and take the usual precautions.
By HarborDad (37), Sag Harbor on Jun 15, 09 7:49 PM
i dont know, maybe you're right about 1918 flu... all i know is, about 200 people have died WORLDWIDE since it began... more people got killed crossing the street or doing laundry in that time.

Plus, most people who have died didn't go to a doctor or hospital when they felt bad.

I caught a "normal" flu around the same time that the kids in my daughter's class got sick. they were back in school within a week and i still felt like sh*t 2 weeks later.
By littleplains (305), olde england on Jun 15, 09 7:52 PM
The real epidemic on long Island is the herion problem among our 20somethings. It dwarfs the swine flu and is almost always permanent. Our govt. should put more effort into containing the drug epidemic.
By kelly (75), hampton bays on Jun 15, 09 8:47 PM
I don't consider my self 'over protective' at all. If the schools send out notices with every lice case and every strep throat case, why not the flu? I think you divert panic when you are forth coming with appropriate information. I do make choices not to expose my two sons to things they would have a more difficult time fighting off. Not all flu strains are the same and this isn't even flu season yet its all over the news and people are dieing and most of them have had 'underlying medical conditions'. ...more
By east end mom (4), East Hampton on Jun 16, 09 1:33 PM
Guess what folks, I called the department of health in suffolk county myself and there have been NO REPORTED CASES to the dept of health for these
Pierson students. Give them a call yourself, I spoke to a wonderful nusre who said they might have been positive for regular flu but not for H1N1. Again the Suffolk County Dept. of Health has no record of these cases. Nothing like some
rouge doctor and the media trying to scare the crap out of us again.
By sagharborparent (30), sag harbor on Jun 18, 09 2:31 PM