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Mira Mesa Teachers Test Negative For Swine Flu

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Six teachers at a private school in Mira Mesa tested negative for swine flu and the campus will reopen for classes on Wednesday, county health officials said today.

Christ the Cornerstone Academy was closed today as a precautionary measure while tests were conducted to see if the six teachers suspected of having swine flu actually contracted the disease, said Dr. Wilma Wooten, San Diego County's public health officer.

The teachers were believed to have been exposed to the virus by a student at the school who tested positive for it, according to Wooten.

With the teachers testing negative, the school was cleared to reopen.

Meanwhile, state health officials said there were still five confirmed cases of swine flu in San Diego County, along with two "probable" cases.

The two unconfirmed cases involve relatives of a 7-year-old with a confirmed case of swine flu, Wooten said Monday, adding that confirmation was pending from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

According to Wooten, new guidelines from the CDC mandate that schools close for a period of seven days after only a single case of swine flu has been confirmed.

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.

"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."

Swine flu is usually spread from pigs to humans but health officials worldwide are concerned about the prospect of a pandemic because the current strain of the disease is being spread from humans to humans.

The disease is most prevalent in Mexico, where about 2,000 people have developed influenza and about 150 are believed to have died from the virus.

Only 26 of them were confirmed as of this morning to have been swine flu sufferers.

Across the country, there were 64 confirmed cases in the United States.

No official U.S. fatalities have been reported as of this morning.

Elsewhere, cases of swine flu have been confirmed in Canada, Scotland and Spain. Unconfirmed cases have also been reported in New Zealand, France and Israel.

Because the outbreak appears to be linked to Mexico, the U.S. Customs and Border Protection in San Diego said Monday that people who appeared sick at local border crossings were being taken to a secondary inspection area for further evaluation.

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