Swine Flu/Cuba Relations
This week we meet up with some of Florida’s Cuban Americans to discuss our state's history with Cuba and our strained relationship, that continues today.
We also talk embargo with some early exiles of the Castro revolution. We hear from Roberto Quiros, a Tampa man who escaped Cuba in 1994 by raft as he shares the drama of his experience.
This week, state health officials said 102 people have died from swine flu in Florida. Doctors say the virus usually causes only a mild illness, and those who have died had underlying medical conditions. Still, all the talk of a swine flu pandemic has people worried, especially about school children. This week: an update on swine flu in the Bay area, and what to expect for the rest of flu season.
Dr. Julia Gill explains how health officials plan for the unexpected when trying to prevent the spread of diseases like H1N1 swine flu. She also describes how plans for a pandemic flu outbreak anticipated a much deadlier virus than the H1N1 flu has been. (1:24)
Gill explains why there are two flu vaccines this year: one for the so-called seasonal flu and one for the H1N1 swine flu. (1:14)
Dr. Daniel Haight says media coverage that focuses on cases at a single school can be misleading and unfair to that school. He says there are swine flu cases everywhere, but they might not be reported by parents who keep their children home. (0:52)
Linda Troupe and Sherri Reynolds talk about how their districts are prepared to continue teaching children if many students and teachers are infected with the flu. (1:34)
Florida Flu Information Line 1-877-352-3581
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