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Second student confirmed with H1N1 virus

District officials continue to track absences, see no increase

Posted: June 1, 2009 2:31 p.m.
Updated: June 1, 2009 2:31 p.m.
 
A sixth-grade student at Skyblue Mesa Elementary School has a doctor-confirmed case of the H1N1 virus, known as swine flu, a Saugus Union School District official said Monday.

The confirmation comes after a Sierra Vista Junior High School student last week was diagnosed with swine flu.

After attending school Wednesday, the Skyblue Mesa student came home feeling ill and experiencing flu-like symptoms, said Keith Karzin, director of safety and risk management for the Saugus Union School District.

The student did not attend school Thursday, Friday and Monday, he said.

The parent called Skyblue Mesa's principal Saturday about the doctor's diagnosis of swine flu, who then notified Saugus Union officials about the illness, he said.

The student is doing fine and will be back at school today, Karzin said.

In an effort to notify the Skyblue community, the district posted an alert on its Web site and has been notifying parents, Karzin said.

All of Skyblue Mesa's sixth-grade classrooms, including doorknobs, keyboards and drinking fountains, were disinfected before school Monday, he said.

District officials continue to monitor the situation.

"We've been tracking the absences," Karzin said. "We really haven't seen much of a difference."

Los Angeles County Public Health has stopped tracking individual cases of the illness unless a person is hospitalized, or a cluster of cases is found.

"My understanding is the whole swine flu virus has been very mild in nature and it's basically like a typical flu," Karzin said.

School officials are continuing to remind students and parents about the basics of washing hands, covering coughs and staying home when ill.

"Since the whole thing started, we've been trying to really promote and encourage all of our students to promote and practice good hygiene," Karzin said.

The last day of school for Saugus Union is Friday.

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