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Swine flu blog reaches fever pitch in Queens

St. Francis Preparatory School is in the Queens borough of New York.

Associated Press

St. Francis Preparatory School is in the Queens borough of New York.

The largest group of swine flu cases in the nation is clustered around a New York City preparatory school, to which eight students recently returned after a spring break trip to Cancun.

By Wednesday, 45 cases of swine flu had been traced to students from St. Francis Preparatory School in Queens.

Swine flu is a contagious respiratory illness caused by an influenza virus that mainly infects pigs but sometimes jumps to humans. That is what has happened in Mexico in the last few weeks, where at least 150 have died and thousands more have become sick.

During the last week, as New Yorkers rushed to drugstores to buy face masks and Mayor Michael Bloomberg said the city was safe, a tiny blog called Queens Crap became the epicenter of the dialogue over the scare.

The blog features a toilet as its mascot and plugs itself as "a website focused on the overdevelopment and 'tweeding' of the borough of Queens in the City of New York." But it is here that the sick kids, their family members, teachers and others came together to talk about what was going on even before the cases were confirmed as swine flu.

The dialogue gives you a sense of how panic spreads in the Internet age.

Leonora LaPeter Anton

Linda said

My daughter is a freshman at SFP and I seriously doubt these kids have contracted swine flu. The media are swine! Hopefully it was a severe case of spring fever.

Friday, April 24, 2009

Anonymous said...

it is too late... if you seen any of the past horror movies, it is too late.. their family is infected, their friends are infected. My local Pharmacy already ran out of N95 type facemask.

Friday, April 24, 2009

Anonymous said...

I'm currently a senior in this school, and I haven't been infected. But a lot of my friends have been. A lot of people didn't come to school today out of fear, and it's just insane. Hope things get better before I graduate. =/

Friday, April 24, 2009

Anonymous said...

Im a senior in sfp, and iv been non-stop throwing up, i have a horrible fever, eyes burn, sore throat and back pain. ALOT of people are sick with whatever this is, obv. its something serious if everyone is getting it..i just hope its not this swine flu thats all over the news.

Saturday, April 25, 2009

Anonymous said...

Carried, no doubt, by those illegal day laborers lined up on practically every main thoroughfare in Queens!

Oh...but I guess concern for public health can be misinterpreted as racism from you knee jerks out there!

Saturday, April 25, 2009

Anonymous said...

They finally just confirmed 8 probable cases at the school. Supposedly several students had been to Mexico over spring break. So much for "Linda" and her spring fever and media swine theory.

Saturday, April 25, 2009

Anonymous said...

I'm a teacher at Prep and I can tell you that the principal did NOT come on the loud speaker to say that 900 students were absent and attendance WAS taken on Friday, I received an email of all of the 500+ students that were out from school. Some students stayed home because their parents were afraid that they too would get the "sickness" — so there is really no way of knowing if all 500+ students were sick.

The school is sanitizing over the weekend, so they seem to be taking the precautions necessary to keep this epidemic under control. I don't think that administration would put itself, its teachers, or its students in danger.

Saturday, April 25, 2009

michelle said...

and yes, this is a big deal, but lets be serious here, these people did not get it from Asians or Mexicans walking down the street. they got it from people JUST LIKE THEM! students at prep! so can all you racist pigs go hang out with the other pigs, maybe then you'll get this virus.

Saturday, April 25, 2009

Anonymous said...

I am a student at SFP. I went to Mexico on spring break this year with with 8 other kids from prep as well. I currently am sick and the hospital said is was probably swine. Three of my other friends who went are sick and they haven't been part of the confirmed swine cases. We all got back last Sunday I started feeling sick about Tuesday night. One of my friends also got sick on Tuesday and 2 others on Thursday. We are all slowly getting better.

I had a fever, cough, sore throat, and body aches. My fever got as high as 103 and lasted for about 4 days. I still have a sore throat and cough as well as little body aches. The hospital just told me to get rest, drink a lot of fluids and avoid contact with people. He gave me surgical masks to wear in case I need to go out so I do not infect other people. It is very contagious, I have rarely left my house. The doctors said this is just mild case of the swine flu and hopefully it will not spread and become severe...

Sunday, April 26, 2009

Luigi said...

let me say this now. I know one of the sick kid's parent and he was coughing like no tomorrow, and he were touching all the fruits in the W******* supermarket in whitestone. I'm scared now. This is a virus right and how long exactly does a virus live outside the host?

Sunday, April 26, 2009

steph said...

I attend SFP and im one of the 6 people who have been tested positive for this swine flu, people have too stop blaming the mexicans and the principle.. it was those kids who went to mexico and didnt take care of them selves well, who got almost the whole damn school sick.. i have a 103.7 fever, and my whole body is sore. This will pass over time, everyone just has too calm down.. we have great doctors and people who will figure out what this is and find a cure, in the mean time just stay calm and go to the doctor if you feel sick.

Sunday, April 26, 2009

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