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Texas high school closing after possible new case of swine flu found

2009-04-26 00:54:20 GMT2009-04-26 08:54:20 (Beijing Time)  Xinhua English

HOUSTON, April 25 (Xinhua) -- A high school in the U.S. state of Texas is temporarily closing after a new possible case of the deadly swine flu was identified there, health officials said Saturday.

Byron Steele High School in Guadalupe County near San Antonio, Texas, will "temporarily close effective immediately as public health and school officials work to keep swine influenza from spreading", the Texas Department of State Health Services (DSHS) said in a press release.

Swine flu was confirmed earlier this month in two students from the school, and a third student is listed as a probable case with confirmatory lab test results pending. The original two have recovered, and the third is recovering, officials said.

Texas Governor Rick Perry announced Saturday that he was asking the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention to give Texas 37,430 courses of antiviral medications from the Strategic National Stockpile to prevent the spread of swine flu

A new H1N1 swine flu strain -- a mixture of swine, human and avian flu viruses -- is believed to have killed as many as 68 people and sickened more than 1,000 across Mexico. A total of 24 new suspected cases were reported on Saturday in Mexico City alone, where schools were closed and all public events suspended until further notice -- including more than 500 concerts and other gatherings in the metropolis of 20 million.

The outbreak also reached neighboring U.S. with cases reported in New York City, California, Kansas and Texas.

MEXICO CITY, April 24 (Xinhua) -- The municipal government of the Mexico City Friday announced a series of immediate steps to stop the flu outbreak in the city.

Mayor Marcelo Ebrard said at a press conference that the main aim is to protect all the inhabitants of the city, especially vulnerable people such as children and elders. Full story

WASHINGTON, April 25 (Xinhua) -- The Kansas Department of Health and Environment on Saturday confirmed two cases of swine flu in the state.

A spokeswoman said the department is planning to release details on the two cases at a news conference later Saturday. Full story

NEW YORK, April 25 (Xinhua) -- At least eight students of a non-public school in New York City were found to have probable human swine influenza, New York health officials said on Saturday.

More than 100 students at the school in the New York City borough of Queens were sick this week with fever and other flu-like symptoms, the New York City Health Department said in a press release. Full story

GENEVA, April 25 (Xinhua) -- Mexico's swine flu outbreak has the potential to turn into a worldwide pandemic, the head of the World Health Organisation (WHO) said on Saturday.

"It has pandemic potential because it is infecting people," WHO Director-General Margaret Chan said at a teleconference. But she also said it was too early to say whether the flu will turn into such a pandemic or not.

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