Swine flu hits Jewish summer camps


(JTA) — Swine flu has affected the start of at least two Jewish-sponsored camps in the United States.

Camp Newman-Swig in Santa Rosa, Calif., delayed its opening after some staff came down with the flu, j, the Jewish news weekly of Northern California reported.

Several days before the start of camp, some 14 of 160 staff members tested positive for Influenza A, and the California Health Department advised camp administrators that those counselors most likely have swine flu, Rabbi Elliot Kleinmen of the Union of Reform Judaism told the newspaper. The affected staff members are under a seven-day quarantine at the camp.

The camp decided to postpone its Wednesday opening on Tuesday evening.

At Camp Ramah Darom in Clayton, Ga., several campers have come down with flu, and at least two of the campers — from south Florida — tested positive for swine flu. Test results are pending on other campers. The campers exhibiting flu-like symptoms will remain isolated for a week.

Two other camps in the area also are experiencing flu outbreaks.   

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