Parents who send their kids to summer camp have something new to worry about: the swine flu. Cases of H1N1, as it is technically called, are popping up at camps all over the country.
One such camp shut down this week as a precautionary measure.
The Young Life Washington Family Ranch Web site announced camp is empty this week. It was a decision made by Oregon state health officials after 80 campers, including Cara Doering, appeared to have a type of influenza of which swine flu is a variant.
"She's vomiting," father Doug Doering said. "She said she's congested, sinuses are infected."
Camp staffers tried to notify parents in a timely manner.
"The strategy is to make sure there is a person in every community who has in their hands the contact information for all of the parents and that person can help us communicate with parents," a camp leader said.
The Web site said state health officials will determine when or if the camp will reopen this summer.
Young life camp is not the only one dealing with the swine flu. On the other side of the country, for instance, Camp Modin in Maine reported 94 cases. They remained open but quarantined the sick campers.