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April 29, 2009
Boy, 5, falls from third-story window Fire causes $20K damage to vacant home City and driver not on par with golf ball accident Swine flu has local health officials on alert Michael William "Mikey" Anderson, 26
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By RICHARD F. BELISLE | April 30, 2009
More information is available at: o www.cdc.gov/swineflu o www.heraldtimesonline.com/htoxtras/swineflu.php CHARLES TOWN, W.Va. -- When a person sneezes, the pressure spews out about 40,000 droplets at 95 mph, Amy Jones, spokeswoman for the Jefferson County Health Department, told the Jefferson County Commission Thursday morning. If the person sneezing has swine flu, the germs in the droplets can live up to 48 hours, enough time that they can infect anyone who comes in contact with them.
NEWS
December 18, 2009
Berkeley County office building reopens today MARTINSBURG, W.Va. - Berkeley County offices, including the tax, assessor, planning and engineering departments, will reopen as scheduled at 9 a.m. today, Berkeley County Commission President Ronald K. Collins announced on Thursday. "All you people that got four days off, Merry Christmas," Collins said. The closure this week of the Dunn Building at 400 W. Stephen St. was needed because of an ongoing roof replacement project that involves asbestos removal, officials had said.
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By DAVE McMILLION | October 13, 2009
Health officials brief council on H1N1 HAGERSTOWN -- A Washington County Hospital patient who died after contracting H1N1, commonly referred to as swine flu, had "serious underlying medical conditions," according to the Maryland Department of Health and Mental Hygiene. It is not clear if the person's death was attributed solely to H1N1 or to a combination of the disease and the underlying conditions, said Rod MacRae, spokesman for the Washington County Health Department.
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By KATE S. ALEXANDER | October 9, 2009
GREENCASTLE, PA. -- The Borough of Greencastle will not send volunteers door-to-door in town with information about H1N1, or the swine flu virus, as it originally planned. Emergency Management Coordinator Ben Thomas Jr. said he decided against his plan to take information around to residents because daylight is rapidly fading. He said he plans instead to have the information available around town. "I am canceling the door-to-door campaign for H1N1 handout distribution due to the fall season's arrival and lack of daylight for the safety of the young people who would be volunteering," he said.
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By JEFF SEMLER | September 7, 2009
Agriculture is under siege from all sides, if you read a recent Time magazine cover story titled "Getting Real About the High Price of Cheap Food. " After reading the article, one would think that conventional food production in the United States is draconian at best. The problem with articles like this one is many folks believe everything they read. The writer points to the same old boogie men of agriculture, large hog operations and feedlots. He trots out the crowding and odor cards and then the knockout blow -- antibiotics.
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By ERIN JULIUS | October 14, 2009
o Saint James cancels sporting events SAINT JAMES -- Saint James School will suspend its academic and athletic schedules for several days beginning Friday because of several cases of flu, including two documented cases of H1N1, commonly known as swine flu. The school's infirmary has been open 24 hours a day to care for the boarding students stricken with illness, school nurse Janice McWilliams said Wednesday. Of the school's 231 students, there are 38 cases of flu, she said.
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By DAN DEARTH | September 23, 2009
WILLIAMSPORT -- The parents of students at Williamsport Elementary School this week received a letter from school officials warning of an increased rate of absenteeism due to flu-like symptoms, Washington County Public Schools spokesman Richard Wright said Wednesday. Forty-eight of the school's students were listed as absent Monday, the day the letter was sent home with students, Wright said. That number dropped to 38 Wednesday. Williamsport Elementary has 501 students, according to the school's Web site.
NEWS
November 7, 2009
Editor's note: The Herald-Mail invites readers to answer poll questions on its Web site, www.herald-mail.com. Readers also may submit comments when voting. A sampling of edited reader comments will run on The Herald-Mail's Opinion page on Tuesday, Thursday and Sunday. The question posted Wednesday on The Herald-Mail's Web site was: Should businesses and schools notify people when cases of H1N1 flu are suspected in their buildings? "I can see it now - the Wal-Mart greeter says, 'Welcome to Wal-Mart, we have 10 employees with swine flu.' I think the schools should alert the parents if there are a significant number of confirmed cases within the school.
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