Sesame Street Takes On Swine Flu – But Where’s Ms. Piggy?
September 1, 2009

Elmo and Gordon from the Sesame Street Gang are featured in new public service announcements designed to encourage American children and families to practice healthy habits,  and to take steps to prevent the spread of  the H1N1 flu virus, also known as swine flu. 

http://www.flu.gov/psa/index.html#elmo

The PSA’s, which were produced by the Department of  Health and Human Services, the Department of Homeland Security, the Department of Education and Sesame Street,  will soon be playing on a TV station near you.

According to health experts, younger children and their parents are some of the people most at risk from the flu virus,

It’s a good reminder and public service that is being provided by Sesame Street, but  why don’t the public service announcements  feature Ms. Piggy instead of  Elmo and Godon?

Swine Flu Update From Cibolo – Will The Numbers Increase?
April 28, 2009

For the past two days,  I’ve been  meeting and interviewing residents who are concerned about Swine Flu spreading in their communities. 

Schools remain shutdown.  Public parks are closed, and at least one area city library has locked its doors.

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The superintendent of the Schertz-Cibolo-Universal City School District will  hold a news conference Tuesday morning.

She’s  expected to give an update on the test results for a dozen students who were tested after they began showing flu like symptoms.

As of  Monday night, three students attending different schools in the district have tested positive for swine flu. 

On a side note:

This is my first visit to Schertz and Cibolo.  As a native Texan, I’m ashamed to say I had to learn how to pronounce  Cibolo.

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I also learned that the town was named after the Native American word for buffalo.

People here are very friendly, and with its proximity to San Antonio and Austin, this is a great place to live without worrying about traffic and big city problems.

Covering The Swine Flu Scare
April 27, 2009

2 on the Beat has travelled South to Guadalupe County today to talk to people about   Swine Flu.

As you know, there are three confirmed and eleven suspected cases of  Swine Flu  in the Schertz-Cibolo area, which is near  San Antonio.

The schools are shut down for a week, to give custodians time to disinfect classrooms and change air filters.

When I arrived at the home of   Robin and Patrick Henshaw,  there was a news crew from KSAT TV  (Channel 2’s San Antonio sister station) interviewing them at the doorstep. 

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Everyone was wearing a face mask.

 The Health Department confirmed that Mr. Henshaw,  his  youngest daughter and son have swine flu.

The Henshaws told me that as a precaution, they offer every visitor to their home a face mask.  They no longer think they are  contagious, but they also insist that everyone clean their hands with Lysol or some other type of disinfectant before leaving the home.  The health department also advised that they stand three feet away from people.

My photographer James Perry and I went inside their home, rather than interview them at the door.

I’ll have the story on KPRC Local 2 News at 5 and 6.