Confirmed Cases of H1N1 (Swine Flu) in School District of Lodi

by Free Speech on May 18, 2009

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Lodi, Wisconsin-5/18/09

Contact:     Mike Shimshak, District Administrator 608/592-3851

The School District of Lodi has been notified by Columbia County Health and Human Services that six of the seven new confirmed cases of H1N1 (Swine Flu) are students attending Lodi Elementary School, Lodi Middle School and Lodi Primary School.  School closure is not advised unless a large number of faculty or students are absent and their absence interferes with the school’s ability to function.

The Lodi School District continues to:

•    Identify and exclude sick students and staff quickly,
•    Educate symptomatic students and staff to stay home unless seeking medical care,
•    Instruct staff and students on good cough and hand hygiene etiquette
•    Coordinate with Columbia County Health and Human Services regarding absentee rates, symptoms of absentees, and recommendations for management of the outbreak.

Schools in Wisconsin have been instructed by Wisconsin Division of Public Health to exclude students and staff with fever and a cough or sore throat.

Any individuals with influenza-like illness (fever with a cough or sore throat) should stay home and not go into the community except to seek medical care for at least 7 days even if symptoms resolve sooner. Individuals who are still sick 7 days after they become ill should continue to stay home from work or school until at least 24 hours after symptoms have resolved.

Asymptomatic contacts of ill patients, including contacts of patients with probable or confirmed novel influenza (H1N1)/2009, are not restricted in their activities in the community. However, they should assess their own health frequently, and if they become ill, they should immediately be subject to the same restrictions as currently indicated for ill persons. Parents and staff should continue follow the earlier recommendations posted on the district website and sent home with all students earlier this week.

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