All Senate pages are back to work, one week after officials announced that at least five might have swine flu.
[IMGCAP(1)]Senate Sergeant-at-Arms Terrance Gainer said Tuesday that the pages were “feeling chipper.— No more than seven had been sick at a time, he said, and not all had flu-like symptoms.
The pages were never tested for the H1N1 virus because it wouldn’t have changed their treatment. Gainer said the pages’ symptoms were mild and included sore throats, slight fevers and coughs.
But doctors warned that it could be swine flu, prompting Gainer and House Sergeant-at-Arms Bill Livingood to warn Members and staffers to take precautions. The sick pages were also kept separate from their peers in the Daniel Webster Senate Page Residence.
The pages, who are juniors in high school, answer phones and deliver correspondence for Senators and staffers. The current class of about 50 will leave when the Senate goes into recess at the end of this week.
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