Bahia Vista Elementary School in San Rafael is the seventh school to temporarily close in the Bay Area since Wednesday because a student at Bahia was diagnosed with a probable case of H1N1 flu, or swine flu. According to the Marin County Office of Emergency Services, the closure is designed to prevent students and personnel from coming in contact with those who may be infected. The swine flu outbreak was first reported in the U.S. in late March in Southern California and Texas, according to health officials. It is
spread mainly person-to-person through coughing and sneezing. All Bahia Elementary School classes, social clubs and athletic
events are canceled until Wednesday. Five others in Santa Clara County and another in Contra Costa County are also closed for similar reasons. As of this morning, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention is reporting 109 human cases in the U.S. and one fatality in Texas.
CONTACT: Debra Barry, Marin County Offices of Emergency Services
(415) 473-5015 or (415) 419-6326
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