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Person, Chatham county students being treated for flu

Posted June 8, 2009

— Eight students who attend a Person County elementary school have “Type A” flu, the county health department said.

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Person Memorial Hospital diagnosed four students over the weekend with “Type A,” a flu strain that includes the H1N1 virus, also known as the swine flu. Those students were kept home from South Elementary School in Roxboro Monday. A teacher from the school also has the virus, officials said.

"Right now, H1N1 is the dominant strain of Influenza "A" that is present in North Carolina and throughout the world," Person County Health Director Janet Clayton said.

Because Type A flu is rare at this time of year, the health department suggested that cases of Type A flu be treated as H1N1 as a precaution.

The students won't be tested further, Clayton said, because the treatments for H1N1 and other forms of Type A flu are the same.

Nurses and South Elementary School staff sent an additional 33 students home Monday after they exhibited flu-like symptoms.

"They had students actually showing up that actually had fevers over 100 (degrees)," Clayton said.

Custodial staff were scrubbing tables, doorknobs and bathrooms throughout the school Monday to sanitize the surfaces, Superintendent Dr. Larry Cartner said.

In Chatham County, health department officials reported three probable cases of H1N1 in children.

"All three have received medical care," said Holly Coleman, Chatham County public health director.

"We have been in conversation with the Chatham County school officials and based on guidance provided by the Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) do not recommend dismissal of the school."

A Chatham County schools spokeswoman said the district sent a precautionary letter home to parents of the affected school Monday.


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  • helloworld Jun 8, 2009

    I am a teacher in the school system. This story is true. And, just so you know......(in case you haven't been in an elementary school for years) we DO take precautions, spray, wipe down, and sanitize desks, door knobs, etc etc MANY times a year.

  • Orange RN Jun 8, 2009

    Wabi Sabi,
    There are more news reports and more emphasis on sending sick people home from schools with the novel H1N1 virus than seasonal flu because people have no immunity to this new strain of H1N1, it may spread quickly in institutions, and children are the most likely age group to become ill. Although it causes relatively mild infection among most healthy people, there are groups of people who are more likely to have severe disease: those with asthma, other respiratory disease, heart disease, diabetes, obesity and pregnancy. See: http://www.cdc.gov/h1n1flu/ for more specific information and guidance.

  • Ajay F.S. Jun 8, 2009

    I know many people think there is too much media hype regarding this flu, but does anyone actually know if 8 confirmed students, 1 confirmed teacher and 33 more students sent home with symptoms a typical representation of a flu season? Just wondering.

  • 007KnightRider Jun 8, 2009

    "Also, it would be nice if the schools took this much precaution in wiping down desks and surfaces during the winter months!" - cghsmom

    You hit the nail on the head!

  • SaltlifeLady Jun 8, 2009

    Also, it would be nice if the schools took this much precaution in wiping down desks and surfaces during the winter months!

  • SaltlifeLady Jun 8, 2009

    Bryan, you are correct in some of what you say-
    it IS getting ridiculous, treatment and symtoms are the same.However, we do not usually see Type A flu this time of year. That is normally what is seen December to February or so, then we kind of see more Type B flu. The other part is that the severity of the H1N1 Flu (Swine) is NOT as severe as the flu we normally see in the winter and the symtpoms are much more mild.

    The facts coem down to this: Everybody needs to wash their hands. Alot. Especially before eating and after wiping your nose or mouth, coughing, sneezing, or using the bathroom. If you are sick, especially with fever, keep your body at home. If your kids are sick, especiallu with fever, keep them at home. Its common sense people.

  • TriangleMommy Jun 8, 2009

    I almost died laughing when I read this article title, Just the other week I commented about WRAL not mentioning other flu cases and only the H1N1 cases. So now can we look forward to EVERY flu case being News. hey what about the next person to be diagnosed with an STD, that can be a big news article too!

  • bryan Jun 8, 2009

    That is hilarious. The swine flu is no different than the regular flu! Treatment is the same, symptoms are the same, and severity is the same!

    This is getting rediculous.

  • tatermommy52 Jun 8, 2009

    Sounds good

  • Hans Jun 8, 2009

    "Because Type A flu is rare at this time of year, the Person County Health Department suggested that cases of Type A flu be treated as H1N1 as a precaution."

    And these are treated differently how?