Area schools urged to prepare for pandemic
Campuses will be given materials, resources to help develop plans by next academic year
— reported by the Houston Chronicle
Houston-area school officials were urged Tuesday to begin work on a plan for dealing with a possible deadly influenza that could force health authorities to shut down campuses to prevent the rapid spread of the disease.
As health officials worldwide grapple with fears that an avian flu now sweeping the globe could mutate into a lethal superflu spread by humans, experts say schools have to prepare for the worst.
Houston-area schools prepare for threat of bird flu
— reported by KHOU CBS Channel 11
Fear of the bird flu has local school officials hustling to come up with a plan on how to deal with a potential outbreak.
If the Avian flu gets here they could be hustling to lock the doors, but school closure is just one option that has been considered.
If bird flu hits Houston, school-age children could be among the hardest hit. It is estimated illness rates would reach 40 percent in the classroom.