Claremont Insider: Health Officials Investigate Claremont Cases - UPDATED

Monday, April 27, 2009

Health Officials Investigate Claremont Cases - UPDATED

Update: No Swine Flu in Claremont

[Update, midnight Tuesday - from NBC news:
"Meanwhile, tests were completed to determine if the mother of a student at Our Lady of the Assumption School in Claremont had swine flu or another illness. Both tested negative for the swine flu, according to the Catholic Archdiocese of Los Angeles."]

[Update, 7 a.m. Tuesday - Still no word on outcome of tests on student referred to below. Statement from Our Lady of Assumption School was dated Monday, 4/27 (and is now, Tuesday night, replaced with an all-clear message). OLA school is closed today, Tuesday, "out of an abundance of caution". More recent coverage without much new information here.]

[Update, 8:45 p.m. -
Tony Krickl's Courier City Beat blog had a post earlier today on this item. Krick's post includes OLA's statement on the matter.]

The Pasadena Star News carried a report today that Los Angeles County public health officials are investigating two cases of people in Claremont who reported flu-like symptoms after returning from a trip to Mexico.

The cases have not been confirmed as swine flu.

The Star article said:

CLAREMONT - Los Angeles County Health Services is investigating a possible Swine flu case at a private school in Claremont, officials said.

A student at Our Lady of the Assumption School fell ill with flu-like symptoms four days after returning from a visit to Mexico with her mother, according to a statement from the Archdiocese of Los Angeles, which oversees the school.

The girl's mother also became sick, according to the Archdiocese. Both are awaiting test results to see if they are infected.

Los Angeles County health officials confirmed they are investigating the case.

"There are no confirmed cases of the swine flu in L.A. County," said spokeswoman Sarah Kissell. "Claremont is one area we are looking at."

The article went on to say that the OLA school has not been closed, but classes have been cancelled for Tuesday. School officials notified the county of the cases Monday, according to The Star.

Incidentally, Google Flu Trends lists flu activity in California, and in the U.S. in general, as low:

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