Roosevelt High Student is First Probable H1N1 Virus Case in Fresno County

June 5, 2009 11:14:23 PM PDT
Roosevelt High parents received notice of the new diagnosis, the first one in Fresno County. And within hours ... Clean-up crews were already working their way through classrooms, to keep other students safe.The H1N1 Flu scare has subsided, but cases are still emerging. The student here at Roosevelt was not hospitalized, and the school is not being closed. The health department says this is the first probable case they've come across, and say there's no reason for alarm, but precautions are advised.

Cleaning crews are wiping down doors, desks and other surfaces in the school. The student who contracted the H1N1 was not seriously ill, and the health department says there is no need to close the school.

David Luchini said, "The high school, when we asked them if they'd seen other flu like activity at this time, they said there was very little activity of flu illness at the high school, and we haven't heard any other reports from local schools or seen any increased activity of flu like illness."

The H1N1 or Swine Flu Virus first appeared in the Valley last month. No serious illnesses were reported, but statewide three people have died. The most recent death occurred in a child in San Francisco during the past week. So, the health department says there is still reason to be cautious.

"And we're still learning about the virus. And, we don't want to let our guard down. We want to continue to do surveillance, especially those who are very sick," said Luchini.

The school district is notifying parents by phone call, and mail, advising them of the situation. The district says unless they are sick, students should come to school.

School will be open Monday, and parents and students are being warned to monitor flu like symptoms and stay home if they develop.

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