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Boy Scouts exposed to swine flu while on camping trip

4:12 PM, Jun 15, 2009   |    comments
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NBC -- With surgical masks on their faces, three Boy Scouts from Troop 434 visit with their neighborhood friends from a safe distance -- across the street.

The scouts, along with 29 fellow troop members and four adults, were exposed to the H1N1 virus during their week long summer outing at Camp Daniel Boone in Waynesville, North Carolina.

Scout leaders with Troop 434 of All Saints Catholic Church in Dunwoody, Georgia say eight of their boys have tested positive for swine flu. About 14 are experiencing flu symptoms.

At least scouts Christopher Travers, Calvin Kennedy and Adam Stecker get to suffer together. Upon their return, their parents decided to voluntarily quarantine them together at Adam's home, in part because he was one of the sickest on the trip and the other two spent a lot of time with him.

Troop 434 says officials with Camp Daniel Boone told them they believed the swine flu came from visiting Boy Scout troop from south Florida.

"Scouts always get sick at camp, it's a usual thing, but to find out it's something more than that is just amazing, so it's kind of scary at the same time," Travers says.

While the summer trip to Camp Daniel Boone has ended for Troop 434, it's expected to host another 5,000 boy scouts by the end of the summer.

"There's a good chance that in some way one of the merit badge classes they sat next to one of the boys out of one of the troops out of south Florida who were ill and then that's where we picked it up," says assistant scout master Ed Cerbone.

The camp has told scouting leaders it is thoroughly cleaning all the facilities before the next group arrives.

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