Responding to reports of swine flu outbreak along the Austin-San Antonio corridor, San Marcos CISD Superintendent Patty Shafer sent a letter to parents within the school district Monday urging them to take extra precautions.
Shafer advised parents to ask their children to wash their hands often and decline to eat or drink after anyone else. Shafer also advised parents that children showing “symptoms of any type of influenza” should be checked by health professionals and kept at home until they are symptom free.
“For their own safety and the safety of others, students should not return to school until they have been fever and symptom free for 24 hours without medication,” Shafer wrote.
As of early Monday afternoon, the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) confirmed 40 cases of swine flu in humans during the present outbreak in the United States. The vast majority, 28 cases, have been confirmed in New York City. The United States government declared a public health emergency Sunday because of the outbreak, which has sickened people in Texas, California, Ohio and Kansas.
The CDC has confirmed two cases of swine flu in Texas, both in Cibolo, which is 40 miles south of San Marcos. Another ten cases in Cibolo are suspected.
The Schertz Cibolo Universal City ISD announced Sunday that it will close all of its schools this week. Schertz officials have closed their public library and urged citizens to avoid public gatherings. Cibolo officials have asked churches and other gathering places to postpone activities.
It is suspected that the recent deaths of more than 149 people in Mexico have resulted from a strain of swine flu as of Monday morning. The Mexican government has ordered the closings of schools across the country.
Shafer’s letter to San Marcos CISD parents can be accessed here.Email | Print