Flu fears close another NYC school

May 28, 2009 7:27:22 AM PDT
Concerns over the flu have forced New York City officials to temporarily close another public school. Officials ordered P.S. 161 in Manhattan to close on Wednesday after 33 students complained of flu-like symptoms. The 794-student school in Morningside Heights is due to reopen early next week.

Four city deaths have been linked to the swine flu virus since the outbreak began more than a month ago at St. Francis Prepatory school in Queens.

The city ordered five other public schools closed on Tuesday, while 20 others that had been shut down over the flu scare reopened.

The health department says there are 356 confirmed cases of H1N1 in the city.

The Department of Correction says that 26 inmates at six jails on Rikers Island have the virus.

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    ADDITIONAL RESOURCES

    For facts about influenza, and more information about swine flu, please visit the Health Department and CDC websites. Some specific resources:

    From New York City Health Department

    Facts about flu
    http://www.nyc.gov/html/doh/html/cd/cdinflu.shtml

    From Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

    General information about swine flu
    http://www.cdc.gov/swineflu/general_info.htm

    Swine Flu Case Definitions
    http://www.cdc.gov/swineflu/casedef_swineflu.htm

    Swine Flu Infection Control and Patient Care
    http://www.cdc.gov/swineflu/guidelines_infection_control.htm

    Preventing the Flu
    http://www.cdc.gov/flu/protect/habits.htm


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