Swine flu case confirmed at North California school

April 28th, 2009 - 2:01 am ICT by admin  

Fair Oaks, CALIFORNIA (BNO NEWS) – The Centers for Disease Control (CDC) has confirmed that a sample sent to their lab on Saturday has been tested positive for swine flu, the Sacramento County Public Health Division said on Monday.

The sample was collected from a student at the St. Mel’s elementary school in Fair Oaks, California and it is the first known confirmed sample in Northern California. The confirmed swine flu toll in the United States now stands at 41.

Kerry Shearer, who is a spokesman for the Sacramento County Division of Public Health, told BNO News on Sunday that the student had recently came in contact with several people who visited Mexico.

Because of the case, a county health officer recommended that the school should be closed until there are no new cases of respiratory illness. About 275 students attend the school and the principal of the school had agreed to close the school. Health officials will monitor the students for the next days.

Earlier on Monday, the Sacramento County Public Health Division said three additional children at the school had developed swine flu symptoms and will be tested later today at the Sacramento County Public Health Laboratory.

One of the three additional children has recovered completely and two other children still had mild symptoms on Sunday.

Shearer said the school will likely not reopen before Thursday. He could not provide details on the teenagers to protect their identities.

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