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The hysteria surrounding the H1N1 virus, commonly referred to as Swine Flu, has somewhat dissipated, but that does not mean the threat is gone. CNN reported on five new cases of the H1N1 virus in New York City schools on May 14, 2009 prompting Mayor Michael Bloomberg to close the schools.

As the proud father of two daughters, it’s heart breaking to hear about a child being stricken with an illness. The decision for Mayor Bloomberg to close down the schools in New York was prudent considering the potential for further spread of the virus. Also, speaking as an injury lawyer, it’s best to contain a potential volatile situation involving people’s health.

The threat of swine flu isn’t relegated to New York. reported three cases of Swine Flu in Hampton Roads. One of the cases involved a child in Norfolk, Virginia (VA). This brings the total number of Swine Flu cases in the state of Virginia (VA) up to 19.

In response to the concern over Swine Flu, the city of Virginia Beach created a special web page with general information regarding the outbreak of the virus and its existence in Virginia.

This isn’t the first time I’ve written about Swine Flu. Earlier this month I wrote about nine cases of Swine Flu in North Carolina (NC).

Here is some general information about Swine Flu that you need to know, including symptoms, according to The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention:

  • Swine flu symptoms in humans are similar to the symptoms of regular human seasonal influenza.
  • These symptoms include fever, lethargy, lack of appetite and coughing.
  • Other potential symptoms include runny nose, sore throat, nausea, vomiting and diarrhea.

Here’s what you can do to avoid catching Swine Flu, according to the CDC:

  • Cover your nose and mouth with a tissue when coughing or sneezing
  • Wash your hands regularly
  • If you feel ill, do not go into work or school and consult your doctor.

About the Editors: Shapiro, Cooper Lewis & Appleton personal injury law firm is based in Virginia (VA), near the NE North Carolina (NC) border and handles car,truck,railroad, and medical negligence cases and more. Our lawyers proudly edit the Virginia Beach Injuryboard, Norfolk Injuryboard, and Northeast North Carolina Injuryboard as a pro bono public information service. Lawyers licensed in: VA, NC, SC, WV, DC, KY.

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