July 28th, 2009
07:26 PM ET
14 years ago

Senate pages suspected of contracting swine flu

(CNN) - Six high school-aged Senate pages are sick with flu symptoms that could be the H1N1 swine flu, but doctors are "not overly concerned" about an outbreak of the virus on Capitol Hill, Senate Sgt. at Arms Terry Gainer told CNN Wednesday.

Two of the pages have recovered to the point that they are expected back to work Thursday, Gainer said.

Five of the pages received treatment in their rooms at the page dorm on Capitol Hill. One intern, who lives locally, was treated at home.

None was hospitalized.

Doctors "presume" their flu symptoms are caused by the H1N1 swine flu virus. But Gainer explained that doctors generally no longer specifically test for the strain, in part, because knowing it is swine flu doesn't change the treatment a patient gets but it can cause stress in patients if they know they have it.

Gainer said the 53 students in the Senate page program were told "not to panic" to "wash their hands" and not go to work if they don't feel well.

"The sky is not falling," Gainer said.

Filed under: Capitol Hill • Congress • Swine Flu
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  1. Tatianna

    Gainer saying H1N1is no cause for alarm, because Swine flu doesnt change the treatment a patient gets. Is he implying H1N1 is an ordinary flu? At the first outbreak, we heard Team Obama and MSM report and deliver speeches about the seriousness of H1N1. They kept a global tally. Now all of a sudden they down play H1N1as a common flu. I wonder what was really going on behind the curtain. Was team Obama using H1N1 as a distraction from their incompetence on a issue or policy? Inquiring minds would like to know

    July 29, 2009 09:34 am at 9:34 am |