The Sacramento County Public Health Department says the three seventh grade students at St. Mel School were confirmed to have swine flu on Monday. The county public health officer Dr. Glennah Trochet says a health care worker in contact with the students could also possibly have the virus. She says all of their symptoms have been mild so far. St. Mel School is closed and will reopen no earlier than Thursday.
Trochet says so far the cases of swine flu in the United States have not been severe. And she’s not sure if things will get worse.
“It may fizzle out and turn out to be a mild virus or it could turn into something very serious. It is simply just too early to tell.”
As of Monday afternoon, there were 10 other confirmed cases of swine flu in California.
The virus is spread from human to human with symptoms of fever, fatigue and sore throat. Health officials recommend to cover your nose and mouth when you cough or sneeze, wash your hands often and if you get sick, stay home.