Buried in the news... An otherwise healthy 27-year old police officer recently died from swine flu. Getting scarier...
From the Daily News:
The chief of the hospitals hardest hit by swine flu accused the state Health Department Monday of failing miserably to help prepare for the return of the virus.
"The swine flu is our own Hurricane Katrina and we're getting no help whatsoever," said David Rosen, head of the MediSys Health Network, which runs Jamaica, Flushing and Peninsula hospitals in Queens and Brookdale University Hospital in Brooklyn.
"You might think that somebody would help us, but we're a week away from schools reopening and there's been no discussion," he said. "I haven't got any phone calls."
Jamaica Hospital was at the bull's-eye of the swine flu outbreak earlier this year, Rosen said. More than 1,100 people showed up with flulike symptoms in May, compared with just over 100 in May 2008.
"We had the experience where 663 people showed up in one day without so much as a call from the Health Department, and I've got a problem with that," Rosen said.
"Given our circumstances, this is a ticking bomb," he said. "You've got all these potential bumps in the road and no sense that anyone is on top of it."
Hospitals all over the city are gearing up for a fall resurgence of the virus, which has killed 47 New Yorkers. A report released by the White House last week suggested half the country could get sick with swine flu this fall and 90,000 could die.
Well, the hospitals are bracing for it. And the schools are giving out shots.