Isle swine flu cases grow to 44


POSTED: Saturday, May 23, 2009

Two University of Hawaii-Manoa cases of swine flu—a student and a staff member—were among four cases confirmed yesterday by the state Health Department, bring the total to 44 since the first three cases May 5.

UH spokesman Gregg Takayama said the staff member did the right thing and stayed home after falling ill, “;so the information we put out works.”;

It is not known whether the infected student was in the same residence hall as a student with a confirmed case of H1N1 flu May 8, Takayama said.

School ended May 6 for the semester, and all students moved out of the dorms, which were closed Monday, he said.

An adult connected to a previously confirmed preschool case and a school-age child were the other two swine flu cases confirmed yesterday, said Health Department spokeswoman Janice Okubo.

The child was at Waiau Elementary School, where a child was confirmed with the virus Thursday, said Sandy Goya, Department of Education spokeswoman.

She also identified one of seven confirmed cases announced Thursday by the Health Department as a child at Aliamanu Elementary School, the first case there. The information was not confirmed until after the school day ended, she said.

Aliamanu disinfected its campus and sent letters to parents yesterday. Waiau Elementary will notify parents of the new case on the school Web site, Goya said.

Okubo said all those infected with the virus are recovering at home with no serious illnesses reported.

“;The CDC (Centers for Disease Control and Prevention) is saying from May 10 to 16 (last week) influenza activity seems to have decreased in the United States,”; Okubo said.

In Hawaii, she added, “;it's looking about the same so far.”;