Sunday, July 26, 2009

Swine flu outbreak temporarily closes Oregon summer camps

PORTLAND, Ore. – Officials for a Christian youth summer camp(s) in Central Oregon have temporarily closed the facility in the wake of a swine flu(H1N1) outbreak.

There are at least 7 confirmed cases from the Young Life Washington Family Ranch camp near Madras. More than 700 campers were there last week.

In a message posted on the camp’s Web site, camp officials said they started seeing campers on Wednesday with what they believed was Type A Influenza, of which swine flu or H1N1 is a variant. They contacted state and local health officials for guidance and tried to contain the virus by sending sick campers and leaders home, isolating those thought to be contagious and sterilizing surfaces most likely to carry the virus, according to the Web site message. However, the number of cases continued to rise despite those efforts.

All but camp staff were sent home by Saturday, when a week-long effort to sanitize the facility began. READ A LETTER SENT HOME WITH CAMPERS

A Young Life official told KATU on Sunday the organization has dealt with similar flu outbreaks at other Young Life camps across the country this summer.

Though H1N1 flu is highly contagious, its symptoms and duration are similar to other seasonal strains of flu, camp officials said on the Web site.

Staff hope to have the camp reopened by Friday.


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