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O.C. school closed; awaits swine flu test

May 4, 2009 12:00:00 AM PDT
No students were allowed on an Orange County elementary school campus as of 6 a.m. Monday, when a recorded message from the school went out to more than 500 families, letting them know that school was closed.Orange County: Authorities confirmed that Fred Moiola Elementary School in Fountain Valley will be closed for 7 to 14 days because an 11-year-old boy from Westminster may have the swine flu. It is the first school in Orange County to close.

Officials said they saw the number of students absent increase due to illness over the last week.

The sick 11-year-old brings the total number of people possibly infected with the virus to eight in Orange County.

The closure of the Fountain Valley elementary school means a lot of play time for the Carr brothers, but for parents of the 540 students who attend the school, it means a sudden change of plans.

"What am I going to do with three boys at home for the next couple weeks?" said parent Jeff Carr.

"It's kind of hard to get any work done with three monsters running around," he said with a laugh.

Students are being told to wash their hands and to stay away from other students during this tijmeto try to keep from getting sick.

School officials said students will not have to make up for the missed days.

Orange County confirmed two cases of swine flu in an 18-year-old and a 26-year-old. The 18-year-old attends University High School in Irvine, but school remained open because the student had stayed home since becoming sick. The 18-year-old has since returned to school after making a full recovery.

Ventura County: Health officials in Ventura County said there are four probable cases of swine flu in the area. Test results are expected to be released Monday afternoon.

Los Angeles County: The Long Beach Health Department reported four new confirmed cases of the swine flu in Long Beach, bringing the total number in Long Beach to five and the total number in L.A. County to seven. None of the new cases had gone to Mexico.

Officials said the four new cases are not from a single family or neighborhood and had no contact with each other. Three of them are school-aged individuals, according to the Long Beach Health Department. They are all recovering.

A Cal State Long Beach student, who lives on campus, is one of the seven who tested positive for the swine flu.

Two probable cases are also being investigated.

The L.A. County Public Health Department says so far, known cases of the swine flu have been mild.

"All these individuals are doing well, they're recovering or have fully recovered already and have not been hospitalized," said Dr. Jonathan Fielding from the L.A. County Health Department.

Riverside County: Riverside County has two confirmed case and six probable cases.

San Bernardino County: San Bernardino County has four confirmed cases, three of which are Marines.

Military officials confirmed on Monday two new swine flu cases at the Twentynine Palms base, bringing the total to three local Marines affected.

The ill Marines will remain quarantined in their living quarters for seven days.

The county also has 17 probable cases.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention says that although numbers are expected to rise, they don't think that the virus is any more dangerous that the seasonal flu.

Officials do admit they are still unclear what the virus might do next.

Most of the people contracting the disease are children or young adults.

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