Student With Possible Swine Flu Was In Class Friday

Parents at one Craven County school are being told to keep their children out of the general population for the next week.

Arthur Edwards Elementary School in Havelock was closed Monday because of a probable case of swine flu.

State officials said Monday afternoon that others at the school were probably exposed to the probable case as the student was in class on Friday.

The state health director said parents and teachers associated with the Havelock school need to be aware of the symptoms and get medical attention quickly if symptoms develop. The state health director also recommends anyone who might have been exposed to the probable case not to go to crowded places, like a theater, until it is clear they are not impacted.

The school's head custodian is now inside the school disinfecting the building. The school system tells WITN News that no one else is allowed inside the building.

The school serves Havelock and Cherry Point.

According to the school's website, the student population is "comprised of 615 students (81% military dependents) from Kindergarten to Fifth Grade and is one of the centers for children with disabilities in the Havelock area."

There are five probable cases of swine flu in Craven County, all connected to Cherry Point. Four of those are Marines at the air station, while the fifth is a child who attends Arthur Edwards.

Health Director Scott Harrelson says parents at the school should not send their kids to daycare, instead keeping them at home as much as possible.

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