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WIAA monitoring swine flu; no events suspended

Post by Doug Pacey / The News Tribune on April 30, 2009 at 11:12 am with No Comments »
April 30, 2009 11:12 am

In the wake of the discovery of possible swine flu cases in the state, the Washington Interscholastic Activities Association is monitoring the situation, but has not suspended any athletic events.


“We are working with the state Department of Health and the Office of Public Instruction,” WIAA executive director Mike Colbrese said. “We don’t have any confirmed cases yet, just possible cases.”


There are no laboratory-confirmed cases of swine flu in Washington, according to the Center for Disease Control, but state health officials reported probable cases on Wednesday – three in King County, two in Snohomish County and one in Spokane County.


Texas and Alabama have suspended high school athletic events because of swine flu outbreaks.


Texas’ University Interscholastic League made its decision to postpone events until May 11 on Wednesday after 16 swine flu cases were confirmed, including the death of one child. Colbrese said there was no predetermined breaking point to suspend athletic competition.


“We will take it as it comes,” he said. “We don’t have a threshold. A decision will be made in concert with the Department of Health.


“We always err on the side of safety with our events. Health and safety will always be our primary concern.”


Colbrese said a Seattle elementary school closed its doors today as a precaution.


The Alabama High School Athletic Association cancelled the state track and field meet, along with baseball, softball and golf events. The association hopes to renew athletic competition next week.

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