Summer camp ramps up flu prevention measures

By Courtney Lane - bio | email
Posted by Ellen Krafve - email

SMITH COUNTY, TX (KLTV) - We've received some questions concerning possible flu outbreaks at Pine Cove Christian Camp in Smith County. Back in June, 130 campers got sick and part of the camp was closed. Some of that was because of a stomach bug. Pine Cove has said that about 600 of their 15,000 campers have come down with the flu. But, they cannot confirm that anyone has H1N1 because they do not test for it. Pine Cove says they have ramped up prevention by requiring extra hand-washing and sanitizing.

"We have a material that we go around and spray on all the door knobs twice a day," said Scott Lawrence, Pine Cove's medical director. "It dries in about 10 minutes so we can go through the whole camp and sanitize it. Also, if anyone tests positive for flu a or has flu-like symptoms, what we do is go into that cabin and sanitize it completely."

Pine Cove says if campers' temperatures are above 100.5 degrees, they are sent home.

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