Summer camps affected by swine flu
July 27, 2009
PORTLAND, ME — H1N1 influenza (swine flu) outbreaks are popping up in nearly one-third of Maine''s one hundred summer camps, prompting staff to increase hand-washing and general cleanliness regimens, according to WCSH-TV.
According to the State of Maine Center for Disease Control and Prevention, the preventative policies in place by many camps are working well in containing any outbreaks and lessening their severity.
Antibacterial hand-sanitizers and disinfectant wipes are in high demand and camps across the state have stocked up on them in anticipation of their increased use, the story stated.
Howard Salzberg, director at Belgrade, Maine''s Camp Modin, said: "We''ve had measles, meningitis, methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA), etc. We''ve had a number of things come up over the years, but nothing this large scale. Fortunately, for our population, it was fairly minor."
Any campers showing symptoms are immediately quarantined, given Tamiflu as a preventative and closely monitored for seven days, the story noted.
The majority of those affected are campers from states other than Maine where swine flu in more prevalent, the story added.
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