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Schools Closed by Health Dept
Listed by
Flu Symptoms Intensity (5/22/2009)

Study by Jim West, 5/23/2009 [DRAFT]

 

This table compares flu symptoms with environment, and consistently shows traffic pollution in correlation with flu symptoms.  Severity of environmental problems matches severity of symptoms.  The main environmental factor  appears to be "in-line" wind direction, i.e., in-line with traffic lane alignment, targeting school location.

19 schools reviewed, with 4 anomalies.  SymptomIndex100 is a guesstimate based on disease descriptions.

 

School Location Closed Reopened Symptom
Index100
Disease Notes Environment Notes Maps (Google)
St. Francis Queens 4/28 05/08/09 100 33% of student body with symptoms; 102 sent home by nurse on 4/23 with flu (before pr trend) Adjacent 2 expressways, in-line with traffic.
Rye School Westchester y ~5/28/2009 90 Many with flu symptoms; closed late April (before pr trend) Sandwiched between expressways, in-line with traffic.
PS 177Q Queens 4/28 05/06/09 80 12 children sick on 4/28; closed 4/28; reopened 5/1 800 ft from Jackie Robinson Parkway, and near several other expressways.  In-line with an expressway.  1500 ft from traffic loops
Valley Stream Memorial Jr. High School Valley Stream, LI y 05/22/09 72 8 confirmed cases 1500ft from Laurelton Parkway; residences adjacent to heavy traffic.
Good Shepherd Catholic School Brooklyn 4/28 05/04/09 70 8 children sick 4/28; closed reopened 5/4

Anomaly.

Not obvious.  1 mile from Belt Parkway and generally upwind from source.  However, in-line to the NE with an expressway.  Check wind direction on day of illness, 4/28.

Review:  Industry, renovation, vaccines, student residence locations?

Ascension School Manhattan y ? 65 6 students confirmed cases Within 1,200 ft and somewhat in-line: West Side Highway; Broadway; Riverside Dr.  Student residences near expressway.
JFK Intermediate School Deer Park, LI y   62 4/29 1 flu; 4/30 300 stay home; 5/2 3 flu 1,700 feet from numerous superfund sites
St. David's School Manhattan y   60 Reports of flu-like illness

Anomaly

Not obvious.  Two blocks from Park Ave.; near central park.  FDR is east approximately 1 mile.

What reports?  Residences near traffic?  Flu from school or residence?  Building renovation?  Weather?

P255 at 16Q Queens y 05/22/09 58 Flu-like symptoms struck students; demanded closing Close to and in-line with Utopia Parkway.
Camden School Camden County, NJ y 5/xx/09 55 Closed; flu symptoms Highest CO of NJ counties; schools were previously closed for air pollution.  Oil refineries in vicinity, and expressways near and in-line.  Specific school data n/a.
IS 238Q

 

Queens y 05/26/09 50 Asst Principal, Mitchell Wiener, age 55, dies 5/17 in (Flushing Meadows Hospital?) hospital; n/a: history of pharmaceutical treatment and overweight. Adjacent Hillside Ave. and 1,000 ft from Jamaica Ave.; numerous expressways in area and in-line; where did Wiener live, near expressway?
Bronx Charter at 111X Bronx y 05/27/09 10   Two expressways, in-line.
Charter High School for Architecture Bronx y 05/26/09 10   Two expressways in-line.
PS 111X Bronx y 05/27/09 10     See "Bronx Charter at 111X" above
South Bronx Charter for International (3 locations) Bronx y 05/26/09 10 Closed; no reason Several straight, long expressway sections in vicinity, in-line with and upwind from school.

Residences near traffic?  Flu from school or residence?  Building renovation?

IS 318K Brooklyn y 05/26/09 10 Closed; no reason
Anomaly
Neither symptoms nor environment are very obvious.  However, long straight BQE is somewhat in-line.  In-line with bridge to Manhattan.

Residences near traffic?  Flu from school or residence?  Building renovation?

MS 113K Brooklyn y 05/27/09 10   BQE is in-line.  This is very near the site of an 'overnight' flu death, last year; of a healthy woman, 55 years old.  She thought she had flu, stayed home from work, and was dead within 36-48 hours. 
P372 at 113K Brooklyn y 05/27/09 10     See "113K" immediately above.
P53 at 384K Brooklyn y 05/28/09 10 Anomaly
Symptoms expected to be worse.
Adjacent expressway and in-line.
               
               
               
               

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School Location Closed? ClosedDate Symptom
Index100
Disease Note Environmental Note
PS 160K Brooklyn y 05/28/09 10    
PS/IS 384K Brooklyn y 05/28/09 10    
Levittown School District Levittown, LI y   10 No cases, closing as precaution Wantagh State Parkway; Hempstead Turnpike; not adjacent to school but adjacent to residences
Kappa II Manhattan y 05/28/09 10    
PS 130M Manhattan y 05/26/09 10    
PS 138M Manhattan y 05/28/09 10    
PS 30M Manhattan y 05/28/09 10    
IS 25Q Queens y 05/26/09 10 Closed; no reason Adjacent Francis Lewis Blvd; 2500ft from Clearview Expressway
IS 5Q Queens y 05/22/09 10 Closed; no reason 3000 ft East of BQE278
IS 73Q Queens y 05/27/09 10    
JHS 74Q Queens y 05/26/09 10 Closed; no reason 1000 ft East of Clearview Expressway
Merrick Academy Queens y 05/26/09 10 Closed; no reason Not obvious
MS 158Q Queens y 05/26/09 10 Closed; no reason Not obvious
P9 at 58Q Queens y 05/28/09 10    
P9 at 5Q Queens y 05/22/09 10    
P993 at 499Q Queens y 05/27/09 10    
PS 107Q Queens y 05/26/09 10 Closed; no reason Not obvious
PS 130Q Queens y 05/26/09 10    
PS 143Q Queens y 05/27/09 10    
PS 16Q Queens y 05/22/09 10    
PS 19Q Queens y 05/26/09 10 Closed; no reason Not obvious
PS 203Q Queens y 05/27/09 10    
PS 209Q Queens y 05/26/09 10 Closed; no reason Not obvious
PS 242Q Queens y 05/26/09 10    
PS 32Q Queens y 05/26/09 10 Closed; no reason Not obvious
PS 35Q Queens y 05/26/09 10    
PS 58Q Queens y 05/28/09 10    
PS 993Q at 130Q Queens y 05/26/09 10    
PS/IS 499Q Queens y 05/27/09 10    
PS9 at 209Q Queens y 05/26/09 10 Closed; no reason Not obvious
Q233 at 25Q Queens y 05/26/09 10    
World Journ Prep at 25Q Queens y 05/26/09 10 Closed; no reason Not obvious

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