Officials confirm swine flu case in Great Neck
The first case of swine flu on Long Island has been confirmed in Nassau County.Officials say the student, who lives in Great Neck, is a student at St. Francis Preparatory School in Queens. Dozens of swine flu cases have been confirmed in students at the school.The identity of the Great Neck student has not been revealed for privacy reasons. According to officials, the illness was mild and the student is recovering.Nassau County Executive Tom Suozzi urges residents not to be scared. He says individuals should protect themselves and help stop the spread of swine flu by taking precautions.Health officials recommend residents wash hands often, cover their noses and mouths when coughing, avoid contact with sick people and stay home if flu-like symptoms emerge. At least 66 cases of swine flu have been confirmed in the United States. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention says that a 23-month-old child died from the disease in Texas. It is the first confirmed death from swine flu in the United States.