Saturday, June 13, 2009

Dunwoody Boy Scouts may have been exposed to swine flu

Alexis Stevens for the AJC
Saturday, June 13, 2009

At least a dozen Boy Scouts, all members of a Dunwoody troop, have suspected cases of the H1N1 virus — more commonly known as swine flu — after a week at summer camp, according to an assistant scout leader. Troop 434 from All Saints Catholic Church, including 32 boys and four adults, arrived at Camp Daniel Boone last Sunday.

The Atlanta scouts were among 700 campers planning to spend the week in the North Carolina mountains. But on Monday, several scouts from a south Florida troop were running temperatures in the low 100s, and experiencing mild flu-like symptoms. “I believe that they were sick when they left home,” said Dan Rogers, camp director. “But they weren’t showing outward signs. There were no symptoms of them having an illness until they got to camp.”

As more boys got sick, Rogers enlisted the help of the Haywood County Health Department in nearby Waynesville. Nearly two dozen campers showed flu-like symptoms, but only two have been confirmed as being H1N1, according to Rogers.

Camp Daniel Boone has a statement on the virus on its website and a commenter to the notice states that "Our one Georgia troop is now up to 13 out of 32 having tested positive or showing all signs for Swine Flu." therefore it may appear that the swine flu has indeed affected the Dunwoody scouts.


jm said...

The WHO just declared H1N1 to be a pandemic, but lets remember that this is an indicator of the extent of the spread of virus and its transmissability from human to human, not an indicator of the severity of the disease itself. I wish the boys well, and expect that through the standard flu remedies they should be able to recover normally.

John Heneghan said...

Seven Dunwoody boys confirmed with Swine flue.