Thursday, May 7, 2009
Swine flu case possible in county; MA likely to reopen Thursday
By BARRY BURLESON
Marshall Academy cancelled classes Wednesday awaiting word on whether or not an elementary student tests positive for swine flu.
Headmaster Jane Hubbard said she received word at about 9:30 a.m. Tuesday of a possible positive Type A flu case. The swine flu falls within Type A.
She said the student had another test, and those results were sent to the Mississippi State Health Department in Jackson.
“We’re awaiting word from the State Health Department,” she said Tuesday afternoon.
“For precautionary reasons, we decided not to have school tomorrow (Wednesday) until we get confirmation – positive or negative.”
Later Tuesday afternoon Hubbard said The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) issued significantly revised guidance for school leaders on whether to close a school to prevent the spread of the influenza A (H1N1) virus.
The new guidance states: “School closure is not advised for a suspected or confirmed case of novel influenza A (H1N1) and, in general, is not advised unless there is a magnitude of faculty or student absenteeism that interferes with the school’s ability to function. Schools that were closed based on previous interim CDC guidance related to this outbreak may reopen.”
Hubbard said based on the recent CDC statement, Marshall Academy plans to resume classes on Thursday, May 7.
“Unless there’s a major outbreak,” she said.
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