Archive for Thursday, May 7, 2009

Swine flu case confirmed at Riverview Elementary

May 7, 2009

A Riverview Elementary School student is among the five confirmed cases of swine flu, the De Soto School District announced Thursday.

According to a district release, the Johnson County Health Department and Kansas Department of Health and Environment confirmed the case as the 2009 H1N1 influenza A virus, or swine flu. The student has missed the last several days of classes.

“The patient is isolated and is being appropriately treated,” the release said. “The Johnson County Health Department is following the guidance provided through CDC and KDHE. This includes thorough case investigation and management of the patient and close contacts.”

The student was not identified. Additional information on the affected student was not available Thursday.

Riverview continued operating as normal Thursday. The district continues to stress that students or staff take precautions such as washing hands, covering coughs and staying home when sick.

Recently the CDC advised schools not close when cases of H1N1 are suspected or confirmed.

On Wednesday, Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius announced that scientists now believe the H1N1 virus is no more dangerous than seasonal flu virus and schools should act at their discretion.

The De Soto district takes precautions to maintain the health and safety of staff and students, the release said.

Standard cleaning procedures include restrooms and water fountains are cleaned with a hospital grade disinfectant daily. Desktops are cleaned regularly and during flu season on a daily basis. All custodial staff are trained properly before being assigned to an area on their own.

“School administrators and nurses have been and will continue to communicate regularly with local public health officials to obtain guidance about reporting of influenza-like illnesses in the school,” the release said.

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