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One case of H1N1 virus confirmed at SSISD; superintendent says there’s ‘absolutely no need to panic’

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Sulphur Springs Independent School District officials announced its first case of the H1N1 virus — or swine flu — this week after a child at the Early Childhood Learning Center received a confirmed diagnosis.

The child has been removed from the campus while being treated.

"We just informed our campuses yesterday that we had a confirmed case of the swine flu," SSISD Superintendent Patsy Bolton said Wednesday morning. "We've already started taking the necessary actions and precautions to limit the exposure to other children as best as possible."

The ECLC campus as well as the Austin Elementary campus (where a sibling of the sick child attends but has tested negative for the virus) were immediately cleaned and disinfected, as were all SSISD school buses. All teachers within the district were also given instructions on proper hygiene and the proper precautionary procedures to combat further exposure to the virus.

"We knew this was going to be a strong possibility this year,” Bolton said. “There is absolutely no need to panic or to overly worry. We will take every step we can to avoid having our children exposed to this virus, but there is no way to be absolutely sure that we can protect every child.”

Parents are urged to monitor their children closely and to get all kids who show any flu-like symptoms proper medical care immediately. Children showing symptoms should not be sent to school until cleared by a doctor.

It is only the second case of a confirmed case of swine flu in Hopkins County since the state health department began tracking suspected and confirmed cases earlier this year.




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