Why Swine Flu Is Still Causing Concerns

May 6 2009, 11:42 AM

Health officials reported the second swine-flu-related death in the United States yesterday--a woman in Texas--although the federal government says it is no longer necessary for schools to be shut down if they have suspected cases. That's because swine flu, which has risen to more than 400 cases in 38 states, is considered no more severe than an ordinary flu outbreak, according to The Washington Post. Colorado now has 10 cases, including a second airport baggage handler, two children, and a University of Colorado-Boulder student, writes The Denver Post, which notes that although none of the cases appear to be severe, Park Lane Elementary School in Aurora has been closed "until further notice." Officials at CU say despite the positive test of a student living in the residence halls, final exams and commencement ceremonies will take place as planned, reports 9News. The virus has spread to southern Colorado for the first time, infecting a Fremont County woman in her 30s who has already recovered, according to The Pueblo Chieftain. Meanwhile, the Baltimore Sun notes that although the threat of the H1N1 virus seems to be waning, public health officials say the virus could rebound harshly come fall.