A teenager at the St. Mel School in Fair Oaks had influenza symptoms. Health officials tested the student and could not identify the strain of the virus. That’s why they suspect swine flu. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention is now testing the sample to confirm or rule out the virus in question.
Dr. Glennah Trochet is Sacramento County’s Public Health Officer. She says the school will still be shut down for a few days.
“We are working very closely with the school authorities - the teachers and the parents - we have all agreed that we will close the school until we are sure that there is no spread of any kind of respiratory illness.”
St. Mel has 275 students in kindergarten through eighth grades. Health officials will call parents to check for flu-like symptoms or respiratory illnesses. Trochet says the possible swine flu case is mild and the student didn’t require hospitalization.
Trochet is asking the public to stay home if sick and wash their hands often.