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H1N1 Flu May Separate Students and Teachers This Fall
Published Thursday, August 20th, 2009 by Lacey Loftin
According to the Centers for Disease Control, more communities may be affected by both the H1N1 Swine Flu and the ordinary seasonal flu in the coming months than last spring, and every post-secondary/secondary institution needs to have an action plan in place. The CDC suggests flu-preventive hygiene, students and staff getting the vaccine once it becomes available, “self-isolation” or “flu buddy” system, and eliminating requirements for a doctor’s note to prove an illness.
The CDC recommends using the internet in keeping students and teachers connected if the flu season becomes too severe. Public schools in the United States with access to the Internet reached 100% in 2003, compared with 35% in 1994. Public schools have made continued progress in expanding Internet access into instructional rooms, with 94% of public school instructional rooms having Internet access, as of 2005 reporting, compared with 3% in 1994.
The impact of the A(H1N1) influenza or “swine flu” has not been as negative as some analysts had predicted, according to the analysis of the US Department of Agriculture statistics by the US Meat Export Federation. After the announcement of the presence of H1N1’s vector/host — swine — some countries either fully or partially closed to U.S. pork during May, and a few markets like China remain closed today. This is in part only due to the diligent work to dispel misinformation that attempted to connect pork consumption with A(H1N1) influenza and ensure trade policies remained science-based.
The analysis of USDA data by USMEF states that US beef exports between January – May of 2009 remain on par with 2008, yet pork is down substantially at 24% in value and 27% in volume compared to 2008. The global recession has had a varied impact on the meat market, yet the beef export market is holding steady at 1% increase in volume and 3% decline in value compared to the same period in 2008. Individual markets have varied as much as an increase of 86% in volume and 124% in value for Vietnam and a decrease of 38% in volume and 32% in value for the Philippines.
As of Thursday night, Swine Flu has infected 91 people and one death has been attributed to the virus. According to the CDC, Swine Flu has reared its snout frequently in the past 30 years with varying intensity. From 2005 to January 2009, a total of 12 human cases of swine flu were detected in the U.S. with no deaths. In 1976, an outbreak of Swine Flu in Fort Dix, New Jersey caused more than 200 cases with serious illness in several people and one death. A singular event in 1988 occurred when a pregnant woman in Wisconsin died from pneumonia after being infected with Swine Flu. In response to the current outbreak, the CDC has implemented its emergency response. However, the outbreak has become political as the parties argue over $780 million removed from the stimulus bill for pandemic preparedness.
The CDC’s efforts and that of the nation’s health care system have made a concerted effort to cut the number of cases of influenza in the US. Influenza and Pneumonia, during the last decade, represented the 8th greatest cause of death in the US — 72,507 deaths out of 2,425,901 in 2006. Over the course of the last decade, the rate of deaths from all types of the influenza and pneumonia has steadily reduced from 23.4 deaths per every 100,000 people in 1999 to 18.8 in 2006.