Swine Flu Spreads to NY’s Riker Island Prison

Sunday, May 17, 2009


The H1N1 swine flu virus continued spreading in New York City, while the disease also reached further into Asia among travelers returning from the United States.

The CDC says more than 4,700 confirmed and probable cases have been reported in 46 states plus the District of Columbia. Five people have died in the United States, all with underlying health ailments.

In New York’s Rikers Island prison, an inmate who entered the jail complex on about a month ago was confirmed to have swine flu on Friday.

Malaysia, India and Turkey have reported their first cases, all involving people who had traveled from the United States. They are in addition to the 36 other countries where the World Health Organization says more than 8,450 cases of the disease have been confirmed. The global death toll stood at 75.

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9 Responses to Swine Flu Spreads to NY’s Riker Island Prison

  1. Aunt Peg says:

    The swine flu isn’t going anywhere.

    My concern is what happens come winter? Will it combine with the regular influenza that starts in Asia and travels to the USA? If this happens we could be looking at another 1918 epidemic.

  2. Estacada says:

    Close proximity of humans is the ideal breeding environment for anything. Be it influenza or TB.

    All the more reason why the U.S. must have a sound public health policy.

    This was lost on the Bush administration. They never managed to fund the NIH properly either even after the avian flu reached Canada.

  3. bradfrmphnx says:

    I just read an article in azcentral.com that said that this flu is copying the 1918 pandemic as well as other pandemics. I was thinking this wasn’t going to be so bad, but now I’m worried again. The article said it is almost a guarantee this will turn into a pandemic.

  4. H1N1 was something that caught my eye for the first week or so but after Mexico revised it’s numbers to actual deaths due to it, I stopped caring about this specific strain of the virus.

    Of course, we must prudently look for any mutations in the strain but I’m cautiously unafraid.

  5. libhomo says:

    There have got to be thousands of people with it in NYC alone. Who knows how serious it is at this point, given the very small number of fatalities here in the US.

  6. Rachel says:

    The best solution is an effective and safe vaccine to protect everyone. This will be the job of the NIH to make it happen.

  7. libhomo: Nine schools in New York City (all in Queens) are going to be closed next week. Now not all the kids are sick, but still those are high numbers. And one assistant principal apparently is in critical condition (but there is a question about whether he has underlying medical issues). It’s not going away and the winter could be scary. I wash my hands as soon as I get to the office and I try not to touch anything on the subway, but if only some of us do this, well, we’re fucked.

  8. libhomo says:

    Pissed: The death of that asst. principal raises serious questions indeed. There are so many people with underlying health conditions.

  9. BuddhalovesPaine says:

    Testing (viruses) now, are we?

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