2 Swine Flu Cases Close a Visalia School

April 29, 2009 12:00:00 AM PDT
A Visalia school shut down after one student was diagnosed with a probable case of swine flu. Another child at the same school is also suffering from "flu-like" symptoms.       |   Watch Videos Above for More Information on this Story   |

Tulare County Health and Human Services Agency has declared a local health emergency now that one Visalia kindergarten student has been identified as a probable swine flu case and more students are being tested.

County officials say they held today's press conference to announce this emergency declaration and also to keep the public informed as much as possible on the swine flu virus and how it's affecting us locally.

Mountain View Elementary School in Visalia was shut down after county health officials suspected a second student of having the flu virus. In today's press conference, health officials say that child is being tested and results are expected to come in Wednesday night or Thursday.

The health services director also says declaring a local emergency will help the county get access to any emergency equipment they need.

The Mountain View Elementary School is expected to open back up on Friday. Officials say they are continuing to test an increased number of people for the swine flu virus at their lab.

The health dept here has also ordered 8200 doses of the tamiflu vaccine plus 5-thousand masks in case they're needed here in the coming weeks.

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