Wake County student has Swine Flu

CARY Wake County Public School System officials did not release the name of the child or say what grade the child is in.

"They have been disinfecting on a daily basis door handles, desks, and especially the office area," Reedy Creek Principal Lawrence Jackson told Eyewitness News.

Jackson said the middle school has been cleaned thoroughly following the news that one of its students tested positive for Swine Flu.

The child went home sick Friday and officials say the child was better by the end of the weekend but is following health guidelines and staying out of school for the week.

State officials said the case is related to Monday's announcement of Wake County's first confirmed illness of a woman in her 40s. The student at Reedy Creek apparently came in contact with someone who lives with the woman.

Reedy Creek sent out automated messages to parents Wednesday informing them of the situation. Letters will go home with students Thursday.

Johnston County officials also said Wednesday that a teen there has the disease. The teen is home schooled and does not attend any classes at either a public of a private school in the county.

According to state health officials, there are 29 confirmed Swine Flu cases in North Carolina. Two of those are in Wake, 2 in Orange, 1 in Cumberland, and 1 in Johnston.

They have some tips to help slow the spread of the disease:

· Wash your hands frequently with soap and water or an alcohol-based hand rub

· Cover your mouth and nose when coughing or sneezing

· Avoid close contact with those who are sick

· Stay at home if you are sick

Influenza-like symptoms include fever, cough, sore throat, body aches, headache, chills and fatigue. Some people have reported diarrhea or vomiting associated with this virus.

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