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Campers in Largo, Tarpon Springs diagnosed with swine flu

Two summer camp participants, one at the YMCA of Highpoint in Largo and another in Tarpon Springs, have been diagnosed with swine flu.

A teenage boy at the YMCA camp was confirmed to have the H1N1 virus, or swine flu, over the weekend, said Mandy Griffith, YMCA of the Suncoast director of communications. "We found out Monday," she said. "He didn't come in Monday."

In Tarpon Springs, an elementary school-age child at one of the city's summer camps also was confirmed to have the illness.

The child has recovered and has been cleared to rejoin the camp after about a week of quarantine, said city spokeswoman Judy Staley.

About 150 children are enrolled in the camp, which ends Friday.

The camp facility was sanitized and counselors are encouraging frequent hand washing and the use of hand sanitizers. Parents were informed about the case and have been encouraged to keep children home if they show flu-like symptoms, Staley said.

In the meantime in Largo, the YMCA has taken precautions to ensure the safety of its campers and employees. The facility, located at 5345 Laurel Place, has remained open and camps are ongoing.

According to Griffith, the YMCA has followed the standards of dealing with the H1N1 virus set forth by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Additionally, the YMCA handed out information sheets to parents.

"Nothing has been shut down," Griffith said. "There's been no quarantine. I'm sure there's concern, which is why we provided information sheets to calm their fears. On top of our regular cleaning, we cleaned above and beyond. We disinfected throughout."

Campers in Largo, Tarpon Springs diagnosed with swine flu 07/22/09 [Last modified: Wednesday, July 22, 2009 3:41pm]
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