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Volume 48 Issue 3

November 2014

Freedom High School - 3149 Chester Avenue - Bethlehem, PA 18020 - - @fhsforum

Inside This Issue

Freedom shuts out Liberty

Self driving cars………...….2 Conspiracy theories………...3 Riot Squad……………....….5 Goodbye Mrs. Harper……....7

Reunification drill……….....8 No place for hate…………...9 “Curtains” review………....11 Freedom vs. Whitehall…....12

Freedom Football scores a bell point Nov. 1, 2014 at Frank Banko Stadium on the home side after a 29-0 win against home town rivals Liberty High School. This makes history as the first time Freedom has beaten Liberty on home side of the Frank Banko Stadium. Photo: Bill Leicht

Mysterious illness fills emergency rooms The Enterovirus D68 infects thousands in the U.S By Cassie Sedler Editorials Editor

Over the past months, reported cases linked thousands of patients’ illnesses to Enterovirus D68, a severe respiratory sickness that has swept all around the country. Unfortunately, young children make up most of the affected patients, leaving thousands more parents deeply concerned. The symptoms of the Enterovirus D68 (EV-D68) are closely related to that of the flu, with milder cases of a high fever, sneezing, runny nose, cough, or muscle and body aches. However, symptoms can quickly become more severe, with a slight cough developing into a wheeze followed by difficulty breathing. Although EV-D68 has been identified since 1962, the illness has never been of much concern until recently. “From mid-August to Nov. 4, 2014, state public health

laboratories have confirmed a total of 1,108 people in 47 states and the District of Columbia with respiratory illness caused by EV-D68,” according to the CDC. This is an especially high number, considering the short amount of time passed since the illness was first detected in hospitalized children late this summer. There have been multiple reports of children throughout Pennsylvania that have confirmed illnesses as the Enterovirus D68, alarming many around the state, even those here in Bethlehem. Early in the month of October, Matt Kerr, a spokesman for the Allentown Diocese, told the Morning Call someone in a private school in Bethlehem had been diagnosed with the Enterovirus D68; however, no such case had been reported to the Bethlehem Health Bureau. The exact cause for the sudden increase in Enterovirus

D68 related illnesses has not yet been revealed. What is for certain, however, is that risk factors in developing the virus include association with infected individuals, immune system problems, pregnancy, and respiratory problems, according to “The enterovirus probably already has spread to some degree throughout the state, but we can't predict how widespread infections may be,” Pennsylvania Department of Health spokesman, Wes Culp told the Morning Call. Therefore, it is vital for everyone, especially children attending school, to be mindful of the Enterovirus D68, and maintain necessary precautions in order to prevent the illness from infecting any more children located in Pennsylvania, and throughout the rest of the country as well.

In Case You Missed It 

Tom Wolf (Democrat) defeats Tom Corrbet (Republican) in election for governor (Nov 4)

Photo: PSEA Literature

Youngest state law-maker in the nation gets elected to West Virginia State Congress at 18 according to The Wall Street Journal (Nov 4)

Jury acquits man of all charges in Liberty High School 911 hoax call according to The Morning Call (Nov 5.)

Taylor swift pulled catalog from Spotify according to USA Today (Nov. 7)

November 2014  

Freedom High School's award-winning newspaper, The Freedom Forum.

November 2014  

Freedom High School's award-winning newspaper, The Freedom Forum.