Apr/09
29

An 11 year old child who attends a school less than a quarter mile from where M and D attend school may be one of the first Swine Flu cases in Seattle.

While I am trying not to panic, I’m also not trying to be stupid either.

A robust virus that can be fatal and can be transmitted by breathing in another person’s cough or sneeze is a cause for deep concern.

I’m going to have to think seriously about what I want to do if that particular case gets confirmed in the morning. There is major overlap between our school and that school, including several families who have a child at each school. Overlap is not just likely but certain. Keep them home? Send them to school? Pretend like everything is okay? Is that worse than overreacting?

I always tell the children to “not be the low hanging fruit” for bad things to happen to you. I mean it mostly in regards to crime but it also applies to this kind of situation. Think ahead. Be proactive. Take control of your situation.

Undecided for tonight,

Annie

UPDATE: The school with the “probable” case of swine flu has been closed. No official confirmation that it is swine flu. Not looking good.

Six probable swine-flu cases identified in Washington

Six probable cases of swine flu have been identified in Washington State — three in Seattle, two in Snohomish County and one in Spokane County, public health officials announced at a news conference Wednesday evening in Seattle.

Seattle Times staff reporters

Six probable cases of swine flu have been identified in Washington State — three in Seattle, two in Snohomish County and one in Spokane County, public health officials announced at a news conference Wednesday evening in Seattle.

In King County, the patients are an 11-year-old boy who attends Madrona K-8 in Seattle; a 33-year-old woman who is a primary care physician, and a 27-year old man, all of Seattle.

In Snohomish County, the cases are a six-year-old boy and a 42-year-old woman. The Spokane case was identified only as an adult male.

Health authorities said they expected to confirm the results of early tests within the next few days.

Seattle Public Schools will be open as usual tomorrow, although staff will continue to remind staff and families to observe good health practices.

Spokeswoman Patti Spencer said the district is in constant contact with senior public-health officials and is taking guidance from them about what steps schools should take.

The district said it is sending a phone message to all families tonight to let them know there has been a suspicious case of the flu at Madrona K-8, and that the student involved did not attend school while contagious. The district e-mailed staff members as well.

Spencer said the district could not discuss any more details about the student’s case, or where the student might have traveled recently.

So far, swine flu has been much less deadly than avian influenza, the focus of much pandemic planning until now. Avian flu has killed more than 60 percent of the 421 people infected with it worldwide, primarily in Vietnam and Indonesia.

But swine flu transmits among humans far more easily than avian flu. It’s spread much the same way as seasonal flu: through large respiratory droppings from sneezes and coughs, and to lesser extent from infected surfaces.

Two antiviral drugs, Tamiflu and Relenza, appear effective against swine flu. King County has enough Tamiflu on hand to treat 190,000 people infected or exposed to swine flu. The federal government is sending another 260,000 courses of Tamiflu from the federal stockpile.

Meanwhile, King County public-health officials recommend people see a doctor only if they have unexplained fever for three or more days, a bad sore throat, trouble breathing or if they suddenly feel worse. Mild symptoms should not require medical attention.

Copyright © 2009 The Seattle Times Company

Apr/09
28

We have a Campaign Office . A really nice one. Holy shit!

More in the AM…many condo updates but now I am tired.

Annie

Apr/09
27

So remember t I made a few weeks ago about running a municipal public safety initiative for the Square?

Right.

Well, I have been basically doing nothing at night and early in the morning except research.

During the day, I have been pushing baby J around in his stroller and talking to people in the hood.

It’s just so do-able. There’s so much support in the neighborhood.

We’re doing this. It’s happening. As soon as I can tell you more, I will.

Annie