Two More Cases of Swine Flu Confirmed in Colorado, Jefferson County School To Close for Week

By: Tim Ciesco Email
By: Tim Ciesco Email

State health officials say two more cases of the H1N1 "Swine" Flu have been confirmed in Jefferson County.

That brings the total number of confirmed cases in Colorado to four.

During a news conference Sunday afternoon, the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment said the two new cases are a middle school student and a man in his 20s. Officials say both had recently traveled to places were cases of the flu were reported. They say neither required hospitalization and both are recovering.

Officials say the middle school student goes to Excel Academy, a K-8 charter school in Jefferson County. Jefferson County Public Schools officials say they've made the decision to keep Excel Academy closed for the rest of the week, to prevent the spread of the virus at the school.

School officials say students will be able to continue doing school work and teachers will remain in contact with them via the internet. They say teachers are also personally calling parents to fill them in on all the details surrounding the school closing.

Health officials say the student was on spring break last week and has not been back to the school since becoming infected. They added they are closely monitoring several family members of the student and other students who were traveling with them.

The CDPHE also said during the news conference, that three more suspect samples have been sent to the CDC for confirmatory testing in addition to the six sent last week.

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