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Swine Flu Hits Local Children's Camp; Other Camps Take Precautions

By: Stephanie Satchell Email
By: Stephanie Satchell Email

July 16, 2009

There have been seven confirmed cases of swine flu at a UVa. sponsored children's camp this summer. While this recent incident may have some parents a bit worried about sending their kids to camp, local health officials say camp is still safe as long as you take a few precautions.

At Triple C, another children's camp in Albemarle County, staff and campers have been enjoying outdoor activities and having lots of fun. However, these kids have heard about the swine flu, and know how to stay safe.

Triple C Camp Director, H. Rothenburg, says the staff cleans regularly, but they are even more aware after the recent developments at UVa, often cleaning shared surfaces like tables and railing.

"There is information out in the news about people being ill, but those are issues that we haven't seen here at Triple C Camp. I believe it is because of how proactive we've been in regards to the kids staying safe and staying clean," said Rothenburg.

Health officials say this is important because sharing items means more chance to spread much quicker.

"In a situation where you have campers sleeping in the same room and being in crowded situations, disease is likely to spread more quickly, so communication is the key," said Elizabeth Davies, of the Thomas Jefferson Health District.

Health officials are encouraging parents to talk to their children and to refrain from sending them to camp if they have been sick up to seven days before leaving for camp.

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