Kentuckiana schools working to prevent swine flu outbreak

Published: Aug. 20, 2009 at 10:15 PM EDT|Updated: Sep. 30, 2009 at 12:18 PM EDT
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By Maira Ansari - bio | email
Posted By Charles Gazaway - email

LOUISVILLE, KY (WAVE) - Schools across Kentuckiana are back in session and officials are taking extra precautions to prevent the H1NI virus, or swine flu, from infecting students. Oldham County already has one confirmed case of the swine flu and we found students are well aware of how to protect themselves.

The kids in Ms. Cantrell's class at Kenwood Station Elementary are learning about proper hygiene.

"I wash my hands and try to be careful and try to sneeze in my shoulders" said Yonas Meredith, a 2nd grader.

"I know what the flu means.  And I know it has something in the front it that not good" said Madison Blair, another 2nd grader.

There has been one confirmed case of swine flu in Oldham County schools. Administrators won't say where, but they want everyone to act as though it was at their school.

"We have sent the students and parents a letter explaining the situation with the one confirmed case. And asking them to be vigilant practicing the universal practices not to share food, drinks and wash their hands" said Anne Coorssen, general counsel for the Oldham County Schools.

Officials with the Jefferson County Public Schools say they have no cases of the swine flu so far, but they have also sent out informational letters to parents on how to teach their children about proper hygiene.

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the H1N1 virus can be spread the same way that seasonal flu spreads. Flu viruses are spread mainly from person to person through coughing or sneezing by people with influenza. Sometimes people may become infected by touching something - such as a surface or object - with flu viruses on it and then touching their mouth or nose.

The symptoms of H1N1 flu virus in people include fever, cough, sore throat, runny or stuffy nose, body aches, headache, chills and fatigue. A significant number of people who have been infected with this virus also have reported diarrhea and vomiting. Severe illnesses and death has occurred as a result of illness associated with this virus.

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