Two University of Chicago Employees Have “Probable” Swine Flu

Friday, May 1, 2009

Ignored by the mainstream media is the press release that two University of Chicago employee are among the forty-one probable swine flu cases reported by the Illinois State Department of Health.

The release says the employees, while contagious, had no contact with patients and limited contact with hospital staff.

In Illinois, the number of probable cases of swine flu jumped from nine on Wednesday to forty-one by Thursday with school children among the possible cases, several area schools will close through the weekend.

The university says an infection control team has identified co-workers who came in contact with the sickened employees and other staff and patients exhibiting flu symptoms. All are being screened.

The hospital says the two ill employees are “recovering well” at home. The likely cases are Illinois’ first in a swine-flu outbreak that has spread across the world.

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7 Responses to Two University of Chicago Employees Have “Probable” Swine Flu

  1. john jay says:

    I wadded through 30 minutes of Fun Facts Friday on CNN to hear the great Dr. Sanjaya Goopta pronounce the “swine flu is winding down and could soon be over.” He didn’t offer a medical justification for his claim so I guess the fact he’s a doctor is supposed to be enough to lend credibility without medical fact.

  2. Big Hank says:

    I’m beginning to wonder what the hell is going on here?

    “Dr. Goopta” was on a flight for Mexico City last Saturday and he was filmed running around Mexico City without a face mask.

    It’s been my experience that doctors are usually very cautious — TV contract or not.

  3. retahyajyajav says:

    I don’t know what CNN’s Dr. Sanjay Ghupta is talking about but then again, he doesn’t make a whole lot of sense to me, when I’ve heard him.

    Just today, Florida announced they have two confirmed cases in children and 12 more under suspect.

    More than 400 schools are now shuttered and high school sports programs have been cancelled state wide in Texas and Alabama. Now, if you can get Texas and Alabama to cancel their sports programs, something serious is going on.

  4. Prairiedog says:

    Tomorrow is one week since the swine flu story broke in the USA.

    Where are we in the process of creating a vaccine? Is the NIH any closer today than a week ago? I’m concerned about next year when this virus makes another appearance and even more people become sick.

  5. Adirondacky says:

    Prairiedog – My great concern is the governments of Mexico and the U.S. will downplay the public health threat swine flu poses out of concern for the economics and in doing so, there will be no impetus on science to find an effective vaccine. Nothing motivates the scientific community like a public health crisis.

  6. mbmdl says:

    Fifteen years ago, before I had kids, I’m certain I would have had a different reaction to the outbreak and probably, blown it off. Now I have a 12 yr old, and an 8 year old, so I see things differently with an eye to my role as parent and limiting unnecessary risks. As an RN, I never give disease two thoughts because I practice universal precautions. But, I worry now about my family.

  7. libhomo says:

    Gupta got caught lying about Michael Moore’s Sicko. It’s best to ignore him and not treat him as a serious source of information.

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