Swine flu tears through school
April 27, 2009
FRESH MEADOWS, NY — Saint Francis Preparatory School will be closed today and tomorrow as eight students are confirmed and more than 100 more are suspected of being infected with the potentially lethal swine flu, according to Newsday.
Last week, the nurses office at Saint Francis was overwhelmed with students complaining of fever, nausea, sore throats and achy bones, the story stated.
According to the story, many of those infected had recently visited Mexico for spring break or have had close contact with someone who recently returned.
Cleaning crews spent the weekend cleaning the entire school and scrubbing many high-touch surfaces, the story noted.
Several schools in Texas, California and Ohio also closed after students were found or suspected to have the swine flu that is responsible for more than 100 deaths in Mexico, the story added.
Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano declared a national public health emergency on Sunday to help federal and local agencies prepare for the possibility of more swine flu cases.
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