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H1N1 case in middle school

It was swine flu after all. State health officials confirmed last week a 13-year-old Pike County girl tested positive for swine flu. The teen is completely recovered and back at school, Hayla Hall, risk communicator for District 4 Public Health, announced Aug. 19. The official notification that Pike schools had a confirmed case of swine flu caught citizens by surprise, coming just days after superintendent Dr. Michael Duncan said the child was not afflicted with swine flu. ’The parents relayed information to us that the health care provider had just told them she didn’t have it,’ Duncan said. ‘We thought that was very credible information.’ Pike school officials told the Journal-Reporter the student did not have swine flu, a newly discovered virus. Drug companies are trying to produce a vaccine for swine flu. The World Health Organization has warned of possible swine flu vaccine shortages due to high demand and production delays.

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