Jewish Community Center in Boynton hit with H1N1

By Alex Zequeira - email
Posted by Rachel Leigh - email

BOYNTON BEACH, FL (WFLX) - A local summer camp on high alert after officials found that a counselor and a camper both tested positive for the H1N1 virus.

Update, THU 10 PM: As of right now, it doesn't look like the virus was spread at the Boynton Beach camp.

"We had a camp sponsored trip to Atlanta, and one of our counselors tested positive for the H1N1, so we decided to cut this trip short," said one worker at the Jewish Community Center.

Several children also began experiencing flu-like symptoms. All of the kids returned home to be tested by doctors. Since then, a total of six campers at the JCC and two counselors have been sent home; all of them exhibiting signs of illness. "We've been in constant contact with the health department. We've been increasing our cleaning crews and the number of hours that we're cleaning. Any campers that are displaying any symptoms or runny nose, or headaches or coughing, or low fever are being sent home and not being allowed back until they're cleared by their pediatrician.

Camp officials are also stressing the importance of good personal hygiene. They're taking additional measures to train camp counselors on proper hand sanitizing procedures putting parents at ease.

One parent said, "I'm not really that concerned."

Reporter asked, "And you're a firm believer that a kid can catch the flu anywhere?"

She responded, "They can get it anywhere. They were in school when the original swine flu outbreak came out. Everyone was in school, and I didn't pull him from regular school. They have the Purell hand sanitizer around, and, you know, they've been very cautious and keeping the parents up to date about everything. And they're doing so by sending kids home with letters explaining what has happened and what officials are doing to prevent the spread of the H1N1 flu."

Camp Shalom officials stressing that no one contracted the virus at the camp.

Previously: The Jewish Community Center in Boynton Beach is now affected by the H1N1 Virus.

The center took a trip a few days ago to Atlanta. During the trip, a counselor tested positive for H1N1. Because of the H1N1, the trip was cut short and the group came home and the center sent letters home to parents asking them to monitor their children.

One child on the trip has now tested positive for H1N1.

Everyone who went on the trip is now being tested for H1N1. This includes about 30 children. So far, only one child and one counselor have the illness.