Obama: Schools With Infections May Have To Close

President Barack Obama says school authorities with confirmed cases of swine flu should consider closing.

The president said Wednesday morning that Americans "should know" the government is doing all that it can to contain the emerging health menace.

Giving a flu update at an event welcoming Sen. Arlen Specter to the Democratic Party, Obama also said he wanted to convey "my thoughts and prayers" to the family of a 23-month-old child in Texas who has died from the flu.

As for the schools, he said that closures in some instances may be necessary, especially in cases of confirmed infections.

Obama said it is the recommendation of public health officials "that schools with confirmed cases ... should consider closing if the situation becomes more serious."


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  • by anon on Apr 29, 2009 at 01:48 PM
    I think they should close schools NOW instead of waiting for a case or two to pop up in the school. Once you have a positive case, it just mushrooms from there. Take a hint from Mexico, at least they got that part right. Schools are known germ factories.
  • by anonymous Location: nc on Apr 29, 2009 at 01:35 PM
    Well Duh!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
  • by Anonymous on Apr 29, 2009 at 01:20 PM
    Is it not strange how all this came up after all of Janet Napolitano's comments on veterans and Canada. It seems this was designed to take the attention away from what is going on with the white house and staff.
  • by Dwayne Location: Greenville on Apr 29, 2009 at 10:51 AM
    Close the schools and leave the border open. Hidden agenda. Obama is already campaigning for 2012. He needs the illegal vote to stay in office. Amnesty is a slap in the face to every foreigner who worked hard to go through the naturalization process and become an American.
  • by Wolfgang Location: Chocowinity,NC on Apr 29, 2009 at 09:57 AM
    The chosen one will save us from this swine flu. Hopefully before Iran & North Korea has more Atomic Bombs then we do. Oh I forgot now we are friends with them?
  • by Anonymous Location: greenville on Apr 29, 2009 at 09:54 AM
    "should consider closing" doesn't sound like he's too sure. But i saw on the news last night where schools were already closed for a few days or all week. Did someone beat him to the punch and he's taking credit or is this story just late?
  • by Ray from V.A on Apr 29, 2009 at 09:17 AM
    Great job President Obama!
  • by Anonymous on Apr 29, 2009 at 09:08 AM
    I wouldn't send my child to school anyway if there was an outbreak there. Wow,someone must have told them in that whitehouse that.
  • by Just a girl Location: wmst on Apr 29, 2009 at 08:23 AM
    YA THINK?????
  • by The Wise One Location: NC on Apr 29, 2009 at 08:20 AM
    Those who are coming into our airport terminals in North Carolina from Mexico and exhibiting suspicious symptoms are being quarantined. One man at a Charlotte airport was quarantined until yesterday when his test results revealed that he was not infected with influenza. Each state must do its part, and I believe that is what's happening. Everyone is being cooperative and trying to make this as smooth of a process as possible. Have a little faith and take necessary precautions.
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