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CDC reconsidering guidance on flu school closings

Posted by Nick Dutton - email

ATLANTA (AP) - U. S. health officials are taking another look at their advice about closing schools because of swine flu.

The acting chief of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said Monday that one reason to close schools is to prevent the virus from spreading to the community. But in the case of school clusters reported so far, the virus was already in the wider community.

The government now recommends that schools with confirmed cases of swine flu close for at least two weeks.

Dr. Richard Besser says the CDC is looking at revising that but he didn't give details. He cited the example of Seattle, where health officials have decided they won't routinely recommend schools close. Instead, they want students with flu-like symptoms to stay home for seven days.

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