Thursday, May 21, 2009

District Notifies Students and Families of First Confirmed Case of H1N1 Influenza


May 21, 2009 Phone: 314-345-2367

District Notifies Students and Families of First Confirmed Case of H1N1 Influenza

St. Louis On Wednesday, May 20th, after school dismissal, the Office of the Superintendent, as well as the Office of Health Services, became aware of the District’s first confirmed case of H1N1 Influenza (referred to as “swine flu”).

The student first became ill with flu-like symptoms on the night of Friday, May 15th. The student has NOT returned to school since that time. Reported symptoms of the H1N1 Influenza include, but are not limited to: fever, cough, sore throat, body aches, headache, chills and fatigue. A few more patients than usual have also reported diarrhea and vomiting.

At this time, the City of St. Louis Department of Health has recommended that the school remain open because NO other cases of flu-like symptoms have been reported in the school and NO other positive cases of the H1N1 flu virus have been diagnosed.

An informative letter from the City of St. Louis Department of Health, as well as a fact sheet, will be sent home today with each student to share with his/her family in the affected school. In addition, to ensure the health of the District’s students, employees and families, the District will continue to work with local, state and national health agencies to monitor and aggressively communicate general information about the illness to ensure that the necessary precautions are taken.

If a student, staff, or employee is experiencing or showing flu-like symptoms the District asks that you remain home, notify the District of your absence, and contact a health care provider immediately. For more information please contact the Office of Public Information, 314-345-2367.


Additional Notes: The St. Louis Public Schools District will be maintaining the current school calendar by closing schools on Friday, May 22nd, for Recordkeeping Day and Monday, May 25th, for Memorial Day.

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