As NYC school at center of swine flu outbreak prepares to welcome back students, others close

May 4th, 2009

NY school prepares to reopen after swine flu scare

NEW YORK — The signs in the front doors of St. Francis Preparatory School welcome back students as if they were returning from spring break.

But it’s likely the talk of the hallways Monday will be not about vacation destinations but the swine flu that sickened perhaps as many as 1,000 students, teachers and parents associated with the Queens high school, shuttering it for a week.

The school’s 45 confirmed cases of swine flu constitute the bulk of the confirmed cases in New York City. All of the cases have been mild, with symptoms similar to those of seasonal flu — fever, cough, sore throat, body aches and chills. There have been no deaths in the city.

But even as St. Francis prepared to reopen, the virus continued to spread, leading to newly confirmed infections and school closures around the country.

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