San Diego school to close as teachers are tested for swine flu
A private school in San Diego will be closed Tuesday and remain closed until further notice after six teachers became ill with flu-like symptoms that could be swine flu, officials said.
The teachers at Christ the Cornerstone Academy in the Mira Mesa neighborhood are suspected of having swine flu but are not confirmed or even probable cases. A 7-year-old boy at the school was one of the county’s five confirmed cases. He has recovered.
Dr. Wilma Wooten, the county’s public health officer, said officials are also strengthening their warnings to hospitals, jails, mental facilities and those employed on the border, suggesting that people wear face masks if they work near people who are sneezing and coughing.
“We’re trying to get the information out as fast as we can,” Wooten said. Also, she said she is asking federal officials to send enough medication to treat 50,000 cases.
Of the five confirmed cases in San Diego County, all have recovered. “Right now it’s very mild and we’re very thankful for that, but it could get worse,” she said.
-- Tony Perry
Photo: An adult and two children leave Christ the Cornerstone Academy in the Mira Mesa on Monday afternoon. The school closed after six teachers became ill with flu-like symptoms. Credit: Don Bartletti / Los Angeles Times