Swine flu strikes Seattle! (Probably.)

Public health officials announced tonight that they have identified six probable cases of swine flu in Washington state: three in Seattle, two in Snohomish County and one in Spokane County. Confirmation is expected over the next couple days.

The Seattle cases include an 11-year-old boy who attends Madrona K-8. No doubt attendance will be a tad sparse at the school tomorrow.

King County Executive Ron Sims released the following statement this evening:

We are now in the type of worldwide health situation that King County has spent years planning and preparing for. The probable cases of swine flu here in Washington serve as a reminder to all of us that we are a community of connected individuals, each with a role to play in keeping each other safe.

Our excellent public health doctors and staff, along with regional hospitals and health care providers are using the comprehensive pandemic flu plans we’ve created to respond and limit impacts and spread as much as possible.

The years of planning are just part of the solution though. We must each help limit potential flu impacts by washing our hands, covering our coughs, staying home when we’re sick, and making sure our families have the supplies they need if the situation gets worse.

King County is better prepared than many regions to deal with these flu cases and we will get through this medical challenge, together.

Here that folks?  Wash your hands and cover your damn coughs.


  1. 1

    slingshot spews:

    Ahchew! Ahchew!

    Whoa, sorry….just got back from Mexico.

    Please, for your own safety, evacuate this thread immediately.

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    DavidD spews:

    But, but I have a garbage bag and some duct tape!

    Luckily we have Sims in the exec seat, everything should be ok.

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    Politically Incorrect spews:

    Jeez! You’d think the Black Death was upon us! The news people must be light on stories this week.

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    Oh my.. When will this virus stop.. We should all be careful.. So that we won’t get affected by this virus, experts say that we should always keep our resistance strong by eating the right food and balanced diet.. also, we should always wash our hands before eating.. These are some ways to avoid getting infected.. Really hope that this virus would soon vanish.. It’s really worrying..

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    I want to know the races of the people who are coming down with swine flu. Why? That will help me to know who cross the street for when I see them walking toward me.

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    If 99% of the people in America who have swine flu are hispanic, that would be good info to have. That way, when I see a Mexican somewhere, I can detour around them. That will greatly lessen my chances of coming down with it.

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    YellowPup spews:

    @9: Sounds like you’ve already decided who has the swine flu. More Trullish brilliance on display.

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    Public school parent spews:

    About the time this item was posted last night, I received a robocall from the Seattle Public Schools informing me that the student at Madrona was not ill at school and all schools, including Madrona would be open as usual.

    This morning I wake up and find out that was a “nevermind” and Madrona school is closed for a week “as a precaution.”

    My advice: Don’t turn on the robocaller until you’re sure you have the right message installed.

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    elmexicano spews:

    get ready averyone..cause the worst is not here yet…millions will die it’s just the start of the end.

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    ArtFart spews:

    Troll, you seem to be trying to channel William Shockley.

    Trying to seriously answer your question is probably futile, not only because you’ll misconstrue it, but at the rate of spread the answer is changing from one day to the next. That fact, in and of itself, may mean that before long, the answer will be that 99% of the cases will consist of 99% of the total population.