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Missouri schools prepare for possible swine flu

Wednesday, April 29, 2009 | 4:14 p.m. CDT

ST. LOUIS — There have been no reported cases of swine flu in Missouri, but schools are preparing just in case.

School health officials are letting families know the signs of the illness through Web site postings and automated phone calls. Nurses are visiting classrooms to talk to kids about proper hand-washing and how best to stifle a sneeze.

Swine flu cases have been reported in 10 states, including neighboring Kansas and Illinois. A Chicago grade school was shut down after one child contracted a probable case of swine flu.

The illness is suspected of killing more than 150 people in Mexico. The first confirmed death in the U.S. from swine flu is that of a Mexico City toddler who died in Texas.


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