School closed over swine flu fears

Published 12:00 am Thursday, April 30, 2009

BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) — Gov. Bobby Jindal says a private school in Lafayette is closed because five students have the flu, though officials don’t know whether it is swine flu.

Jindal says it’s a precaution because one of the ailing sixth-graders was recently in Mexico, where experts say the outbreak may have started.

Doctors did a quick test to see whether the students have one of two broad types of flu. It was Type A, which includes swine flu.

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If a more detailed state test cannot rule out swine flu, the samples will go to the federal Centers for Disease Control and Prevention in Atlanta.

The students are among about 800 at Cathedral Carmel, a Roman Catholic school which teaches kindergarten through eighth grade.

Jindal says it will be closed Thursday and Friday.