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Tonganoxie youth recovering from swine flu

June 9, 2009

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— No further cases of swine flu have been reported in Leavenworth County since a Tonganoxie youth recently was diagnosed with the virus.

Kyle Hayden, Tonganoxie assistant school superintendent, confirmed it was a Tonganoxie student who contracted the virus.

According to Donna Martin, director of Leavenworth County Health Department, it was her understanding the youth was not hospitalized and is recovering. She also said no other cases have been reported and the exposure period has passed.

Hayden said the student who contracted the virus was quarantined for a week and has resumed normal activities.

Notifications were sent to parents of 60 students who may have come into contact with the youth through school activities.

“It's difficult balancing notifying kids who need to be notified and yet not creating a panic with people,” Hayden said.

Of those 60 students, 35 were on a History Club trip with the youth May 28-31. The seventh- and eighth-graders visited St. Louis, Memphis, Tenn., and Little Rock, Ark.

“It's unclear where they were exposed,” Martin said. “And we probably won't ever know.”

The KDHE has reported 96 swine flu cases in Kansas, and 57 of the cases involve children.

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