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Worried about swine flu, health officials close O.C. school

May 4, 2009 | 10:34 am

Orange County health officials ordered a Fountain Valley elementary school to be closed for a week beginning today after a student was suspected of contracting swine flu.

Officials at Fred Moiola Elementary School reported an increase in illness and absenteeism last week at the campus where the 11-year-old Westminster boy attends class.

“To limit the spread of this and other influenza viruses, it is very important that individuals who are sick stay at home until they are symptom-free,” said Dr. Eric Handler of the Orange County Health Care Agency.

The agency said reopening the school will “depend on whether additional illnesses are detected,” according to a statement.

-- Mike Anton

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