City confirms 28 swine flu cases in Queens

Mayor Michael Bloomberg announced Monday that 28 students at a private Catholic school in Queens have contracted swine flu, and another 17 cases at the

BROOKLYN - Mayor Michael Bloomberg announced Monday that 28 students at a private Catholic school in Queens have contracted swine flu, and another 17 cases at the school are probable.

Bloomberg and Department of Health Commissioner Thomas R. Frieden said the cases at the St. Francis Preparatory School are mild and that all the students are recovering. Some of the school's students had visited Mexico on a spring break trip two weeks ago.

Bloomberg urged the city to stay calm and said New Yorkers "refuse to let fear dictate our lives."

The World Health Organization says the swine flu virus is now suspected in up to 149 deaths in Mexico, the epicenter of the outbreak. Forty cases total, none fatal, have been confirmed in the United States. Six others have been reported in Canada.

The top EU health official has urged Europeans to postpone nonessential travel to parts of the United States and Mexico because of the swine flu virus, and Spanish health officials confirmed the first case outside North America.

AP wire services were used in this report.

advertisement | advertise on News 12

Trending Video

Dozens of people were arrested across the borough 1 Dozens arrested in 'Operation Hardball' drug takedown
Dozens of senior citizens at an East New 2 Mini horses stir up spirits at nursing home
The tree fell on tracks that carry the 3 Tree falls on tracks at Parkside Avenue train station
Aspiring gymnasts and Olympics fans from all over 4 Olympic medalist Laurie Hernandez visits Long Island
Nassau Police say a Hempstead man has been 5 Police: Man arrested for sex assault of child, stabbing 2 women

advertisement | advertise on News 12

Features

Sorry to interrupt...

Your first 5 are free

Access to News12 is free for Optimum, Comcast®, Time Warner® and Service Electric℠ video customers.

Please enjoy 5 complimentary views to articles, photos, and videos during the next 30 days.

LOGIN SUBSCRIBE