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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  • by southerngal Location: eastern nc on May 5, 2009 at 12:27 PM
    pitt rn, even in regular flu season, the hospitals will start limited visitors when they start having a lot of patients admitted with the flu; so why not close the school down to prevent at lot of kids from getting sick from a flu that has already been proven deadly. I think we all know that there is parents out there who sends their kids to school sick or there would not be perfect attendence awards given out. I see Pitt is limiting visitors; why if all you have to do is wash your hands then why should they limit visitors?
  • by are you kidding Location: NC on May 5, 2009 at 11:06 AM
    I cannot believe the comments about the sign...after all the students, staff, and parents are going through,I cant believe the focus is on the sign on the door. Do you not have anyting else to do with your time? Give them a break already!!!!!
  • by Go to the high school on May 5, 2009 at 05:08 AM
    I have kids there and have only gotten the call that the school is closed. I wasn't told to keep them out of public. Go hang out at the the high school. There are kids there trying to get it or will say they have it, just to get out of school and cause an uproar. I have their solution....give them community service picking up trash to "isolate" them if they make up that they have it.
  • by Confused on May 4, 2009 at 07:36 PM
    Just how do they expect us to know if our child had contact with the probable case since we have no idea even what grade that child is in. They are telling us to keep kids from this school out of public places, yet this infected child caught it from a Marine on base who infected his co-workers, one of whom the father of this child, and they say the airshow will go on as planned this weekend. Yep, makes perfect sense. Another report said the virus can live 72 hours on a surface, so why does the school need to be closed a week?
  • by southerngal Location: eastern nc on May 4, 2009 at 07:28 PM
    I would like to know how they are distinguishing the regular flu from the swine flu. I have been told that there is a great number of kids out of school at Vanceboro Farm Life due to the regular flu so I do not understand if the swine flu has all of the same signs how they can tell the difference without having the kids tested. I spoke with one parent whose child was out all of last week who said that she felt that there was enough cases out there to close Farm Life. WITN can you find out the answers for us?
  • by Anonymous Location: Havelock on May 4, 2009 at 07:23 PM
    Both of my children attend that school. Thus far, we have been told absolutely NOTHING. I have never been notified to keep my children in "isolation", etc. We have no idea what grade this student is in or in what classroom. So, we have no idea what students may have been directly exposed. We have a wonderful custodian who I hope receives some assistant in cleaning and disinfecting the school.
  • by Pitt RN Location: Greenville, NC on May 4, 2009 at 06:11 PM
    This is utterly ridiculous! Come on!!! Closing down an entire school for a week? So...when the next flu season rolls around, are they going to close every school in NC for about two months? Could the media and our government make this virus ANY bigger of a deal? It's the flu, people! It's not Typhoid, or Bubonic Plague! Gee, wash your hands, and you'll be fine!
  • by me Location: here on May 4, 2009 at 03:23 PM
    Obviously you didn't use it..."I should pick it up"
  • by Me Location: NC on May 4, 2009 at 01:52 PM
    I should pick it up - it checks for spelling and grammar. Do is used incorrectly.
  • by Resident of Havelock Location: NC on May 4, 2009 at 12:17 PM
    I agree that the head custodian will need help if the school is to be completely sanitized! Give the person who made the sign a little slack. I am sure they were under a lot of pressure and not thinking clearly, spell check would not have picked that up.
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