A week into the school year, nine Rock Hill, S.C., schools have confirmed cases of swine flu.
While nurses and educators are stepping up prevention lessons, the school district's lead nurse said families shouldn't be alarmed. So far “it's much milder than regular seasonal flu,” lead nurse Joy Bower said Thursday. “Some people go through it without medication.”
Nurses at schools across the county are watching for symptoms – stuffy or runny nose, body aches, fever, sore throat, chills – similar to the common, seasonal flu. They record suspected cases daily and notify the state Department of Health and Environmental Control.
Each Rock Hill campus has been disinfected, schools safety and risk management director Laney Burris said. Custodians are cleaning areas with a bleach and water mixture.