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Mira Mesa School Closed After Student Diagnosed With Swine Flu, Teachers Fall Ill

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A private school in Mira Mesa where one student tested positive for swine flu will be closed Tuesday after a half-dozen teachers became ill, San Diego County health officials said.

Christ the Corner Stone Academy was closed as a precautionary measure while tests are conducted to see if three of the six teachers who are still sick actually contracted the disease, said Dr. Wilma Wooten, San Diego County's public health officer.   If any of those tests come back positive for swine flu, the school could be closed for up to seven days.

Additionally, another case of swine flu was confirmed in San Diego County today, bringing the total number to five, Wooten said at an afternoon briefing.

The most recent confirmed case of swine flu in the county involved a 20-year-old man, Wooten said, adding that all of those who were infected have recovered and did not require hospitalization.

Two more people in the county are likely infected with the virus, as well, but confirmation is still pending from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Wooten said. The two are relatives of a 7-year-old with a confirmed case of swine flu.

Wooten said if residents are sick, they should stay home from work or school.

Enough doses of anti-viral medications for 50,000 people have been ordered for the San Diego region from a strategic national stockpile, she said.

"This is changing very rapidly, so tomorrow we may very well have new cases," Wooten said.

"We know that the virus is spreading from person to person," she said. "What we are now in is what's called a mitigation phase. We are trying to slow, decrease the spread of the disease.

"We know that this swine flu virus is throughout our community," Wooten added. "It's in various states throughout the U.S. It's in various countries throughout the world."

As of Monday night, there were 13 confirmed cases of swine flu in California, including the five in San Diego County, five in adjacent Imperial County and three in Sacramento.

Most of the swine flu cases in California were mild, officials said, noting that only two people -- both in Imperial County -- had to be hospitalized, and they both had pre-existing conditions that put them at higher risk.


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