Wood Co. One Of Border Counties In W.Va. Seeing Spike In Swine Flu

By: Associated Press
By: Associated Press

Charleston, W.Va. (AP) -- From coal mines to classrooms, West Virginians are bracing for swine flu to spread as pockets of cases are being reported in several border counties.

West Virginia Bureau for Public Health spokeswoman Marsha Dadisman says spikes in the number of H1N1 cases were recorded Tuesday in Cabell, Mercer, Monongalia and Wood Counties.

Schools were among the hardest hit, including nearly 400 cases at West Virginia University.

0Cabell County Schools spokesman Jedd Flowers said about 40 percent of the student body was absent Tuesday, three days after a freshman at Cabell Midland High School died.

Two other people have died of H1N1 in West Virginia, including a 51-year-old Kanawha County man who died Sept. 3 and a 37-year-old person who died last week.

(Copyright 2009 by the Associated Press. All rights reserved.)

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  • by concerned parent Location: wood county on Oct 6, 2009 at 08:19 PM
    Only around 200 kids at Worthington school and over 70 absent today. The buzz is that 8 have been confirmed swine flu. I don't think closing school and extra curricular activities for a week or two would be a bad idea myself.
  • by mom Location: parkersburg on Oct 6, 2009 at 03:14 PM
    There is swine flu in Wood County Schools. Confirmed cases. No one is mentioning it but the teachers and staff know. Some teachers are saying that the upper administraion is not going to close schools.
  • by Centrist Location: the hills on Oct 6, 2009 at 03:04 PM
    If you close the schools based on the number or percentage of students who have swine flu, on what basis would you reopen them, or would you rather have them just postpone until next fall just to be safe? Are you a home-schooler, cathy? I'm not sure that I want to take on the job for my kid just for this.
  • by cathy on Oct 6, 2009 at 02:13 PM
    Come on close the schools. What's it going to hurt? I mean is the health of the children in West Virginia worth it? I wanted to get my children flu shots today but was told by my childrens doctor that because I have health insurance that my children would have to wait for another shipment to come in but if I had a medical card of no insurance that they could take them today. Does that sound strange to anyone else? Close the schools its only going to hurt the children if you don't.
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