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    Fourteen Boy Scouts at a camp just outside Pueblo went to the emergency room Tuesday after showing flu-like symptoms.

    Some of the campers at Saint Isabell's Cattle Ranch were tested with one coming back positive for the seasonal flu. Now, another test is being run by the state to check if it's the H1N1 virus.

    In the meantime all of the boys returned to the camp and have been isolated from other troop members.
    There are 258 people at the camp currently.

    Executive Director of the Rocky Mountain Council Rene Monarez tells 11 News, "We have five troops from Texas, and one from Kansas. So we actually have no local troops that are at Saint Isabell's Cattle Ranch." So, if there is a confirmed case, it will not be that of a Colorado resident.

    The results of the H1N1 virus test will come back Thursday. If it is confirmed, it will be Pueblo County's first documented case.

    Health departments internationally are reminding people that the best way to prevent contracting the flu is to wash your hands and cover your face when you cough or sneeze.

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    Re: 14 Boy Scouts go to Pueblo ER for H1N1 testing


    Published: June 17, 2009 11:44 pm
    Scouts quarantined in flu outbreak at San Isabel camp
    So far, 14 boys and an adult medic have taken ill and are being treated in a separate area of the camp.

    If Boy Scouts earned merit badges for hand-washing and covering sneezes, 177 youngsters from Texas and Kansas would likely qualify this week as they cope with an outbreak of what could be swine flu at a local camp.

    Fourteen Boy Scouts and an adult medic have been put in quarantine at the San Isabel Boy Scout Camp after showing flu-like symptoms earlier this week. The 14 boys were taken to a Pueblo hospital where one tested positive for Type A influenza. Health officials expect to know sometime today if he has the H1N1 swine flu variety. The boys went back to camp where an adult staff member also has begun showing flu symptoms and all 15 are in a separate area resting on cots and being cared for by more medics from Custer County who have come to the camp.

    None of the cases are serious,
    according to Jennifer Ludwig, associate director of disease prevention and emergency preparedness at the Pueblo City-County Health Department, and the efforts by staff members to quarantine the sick individuals and disinfect the camp mean it will stay open. The 410-acre camp straddles Custer and Pueblo counties and both health departments have been working on the case, along with state health department officers who came to the camp to supervise efforts to disinfect areas.

    Rene Monarez, executive director of the Rocky Mountain Council of the Boy Scouts of America, said that the parents of the 14 Texas youngsters, who came from troops in Plano and Houston, had been notified but that the boys would remain at the camp until the session ends Saturday and then head home.

    There are 177 scouts at the camp this week, along with 81 adults, many of the staff members are from Southern Colorado. Monarez said five of the troops this week came from Texas and one from Kansas, both states where swine flu has been spotted. So far, there have been no cases of swine flu reported in Pueblo County
    but local health officials say that doesn?t meant it hasn?t arrived, only that no one has been ill enough to trigger a test. Regardless of the variety, treatment is the same, fluids and rest and monitoring to make sure that sufferers don?t develop pneumonia or other complications. Knowing the exact type of flu is not essential, Ludwig said, because the response would be the same.
    The seasonal flu that moves through the population during the winter months is usually gone by now, so there?s a possibility that people with symptoms could very well have Type A H1N1 or some other flu-like virus. Five of the 14 were tested and while only one was positive for Type A, the others may still have it, she said.[/B]

    Ludwig said that the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has issued guidelines for day camps and summer camps because of the H1N1 outbreak and Monarez added that the medics, nurses and emergency medical technicians who work at the Boy Scout camps, were all trained to be on the lookout for symptoms.

    ?We have been preparing from the beginning of camp,? he said. All the boys, ranging in age from 11 to 18, were checked Sunday and there were no symptoms showing. By Monday afternoon, the first group developed fevers and runny noses and then a second group came in. All were taken to a local emergency room.

    He said that some of the sick boys had traveled in the same vehicle.

    Ludwig said that the virus can incubate and be contagious without symptoms for a day, so it?s possible the 14 boys contracted it from one of their fellow scouts while traveling.

    ?They have done an excellent job of reacting and there is no reason to close down the camp,? she added.

    Staff members have been disinfecting kitchen areas, bunkhouses and the kitchen, Monarez said. ?A number of our staff have not slept because they?ve been sterilizing the camp.?

    The boys also have been taught flu-prevention measures, such as how to cover coughs and sneezes and proper hand-washing techniques. Monarez said they?re not allowed to eat until they turn in the paper towel they used to dry their hands.

    Monarez said that San Isabel is a merit badge camp where scouts from around the country can come to engage in a number of activities to earn badges.


    • #3
      Re: 14 Boy Scouts go to Pueblo ER for H1N1 testing


      Scout, adult leader at Colo. camp have swine flu
      The Associated Press
      Posted: 06/19/2009 02:25:25 PM MDT
      Updated: 06/19/2009 03:43:45 PM MDT

      RYE, Colo.?Swine flu has been confirmed in a Boy Scout and an adult Scout leader attending a camp in southern Colorado.

      The Pueblo City-County Health Department said Friday that state testing confirmed the pair, both from Plano, Texas, had the H1N1 strain. Neither case is serious.

      They were among a total of 29 people separated from the rest of campers and staffers after showing flu-like symptoms earlier this week.

      They were the only two to have samples tested by the state. Pueblo health department spokeswoman Sarah Bruestle said it's likely that the 27 others also have swine flu.

      Those quarantined were from either Plano or Houston.

      The two cases are in addition to the 103 the state has reported to the federal Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. The state hasn't reported any deaths because of the swine flu.

      All campers are set to return home as originally planned on Saturday and Bruestle said the camp will be sanitized before a new group of campers arrives on Sunday.

      She said the Boy Scouts and the health department have been preparing for more than a month on how to handle possible swine flu.

      She said all incoming campers will get a health screening, which will include a check of their temperature.