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UPDATED: Lakes High School closed today for possible swine flu case

Post by Stacey Mulick / The News Tribune on May 1, 2009 at 6:03 am with No Comments »
May 1, 2009 6:03 am

The Clover Park School District has closed Lakes High School today as a precautionary measure because of a possible case of the human swine flu (also known as H1N1).

The decision was announced this morning.

All evening and sports activities have been canceled.

UPDATE: There are three suspect cases at Lakes High School. Two of those patients are being treated in the ICU at Madigan Medical Center, according to Tacoma-Pierce County Health Department officials.

They stressed that the cases are “suspect” versus “probable.” King County cases reported so far have been identified as “probable.”

Pierce County’s three suspect cases have not been confirmed yet by the state health lab. (Those results could be known today or Saturday.) The King County cases have been confirmed by the state health lab and the samples sent off to the Centers for Disease Control for further confirmation the cases are swine flu.

Health officials say that 95 percent of the cases sent to the CDC for testing have come back as positive for swine flu.

The Clover Park School District has posted some information on its Web site here.

UPDATE 2: The Tacoma-Pierce County Joint Information Center has now been open to support the Tacoma-Pierce County Health Department.

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