First swine flu cases in Ventura County
Two boys from Oxnard -- one 9, the other 13 -- have become Ventura County's first identified cases of swine flu, health officials said this morning.
As a precaution, county Public Health Officer Robert Levin asked that the two schools the boys attend be closed for a week starting today. Students at Haycox Elementary and Blackstock Junior High have been advised to see a doctor if they develop a fever and flu-like symptoms, Levin said.
The appearance of swine flu is not a surprise, he said.
"We've been expecting it,'' Levin said. "But it's not time for panic, either. We have an adequate supply of Tamiflu available for these patients and are well prepared to care for them."
The 9-year-old boy became ill at school Wednesday and was taken to a local emergency room, said Sheila Murphy, a public health spokeswoman. He has not been hospitalized and is recovering without treatment.
The older boy went to an Oxnard clinic Wednesday and received Tamiflu. The clinic at 450 Clara St. is closed today, and all medical staff has been directed to report to the county health department, said David Cruz, a spokesman for the clinic.
The older boy, who is recovering, lives with 10 people, who are all being treated at public health offices, Murphy said.
-- Catherine Saillant
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