Swine flu warnings earn groans on Missouri House floor
Thursday, April 30, 2009 | 1:57 p.m. CDT
JEFFERSON CITY — The swine flu's probable arrival in Missouri prompts a lawmaker to suggest school children should stay away from the Missouri Capitol.
House member Rob Schaaf, a family physician from St. Joseph, wore a mask over his mouth and nose on Thursday during a legislative session. He told colleagues he was trying to draw attention to the swine flu.
Hundreds of children visit the Capitol daily on school field trips. Schaaf suggested they should stay away during the final two weeks of the legislative session. He said if one sick child came to the Capitol and interacted with students from elsewhere, the swine flu could spread to communities across the state.
Schaaf also instructed colleagues on ways to avoid spreading germs. His speech was greeted with groans from some other lawmakers.
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