Schools dealing with swine flu concerns; one case confirmed in central Kentucky

Posted By Charles Gazaway - email

LOUISVILLE, KY (WAVE) - A student in Oldham County may have contracted the H1N1 virus. The child's parent has reportedly informed the school that a family doctor has diagnosed the illness, but the claim has not been confirmed.

Where the child attends school or what grade they are in is unknown. Letters have been sent to parents in Oldham County with tips on how to keep kids healthy.

In Jessamine County, parents are on alert now that there is one confirmed case of the virus.

The affected student attends Brookside Elementary. Since the start of the school year parents have been reminded of common sense good health guidelines to prevent their children from getting sick. With just one case reported, Jessamine County school officials say there is no need to panic.

"And the Center for Disease Control saying that it will be better for us to keep schools open as long as we can, then we're going to do that. We're prepared and ready to go," said Owens Saylor, Jessamine County Schools deputy superintendent.

School officials are taking a proactive approach by having all students use hand sanitizer before lunch and encouraging hand washing.

Schools in two other Kentucky counties have been forced to close after several students and staffers reported flu-like symptoms. Boyle and Letcher Counties have closed one school each because of H1N1 concerns.

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