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Batavia High School closed by swine flu

BATAVIA – Batavia High School has been closed after a student there was confirmed to have been infected with a probable case of the swine flu.

Thursday afternoon, Batavia School District 101 Superintendent Jack Barshinger announced that the district had closed the school after a male student was confirmed as having contracted a likely case of the illness.

The school will remain closed until Monday, May 4, Barshinger said.

However, the district, in conjunction with the Kane County Health Department, is monitoring other Batavia High School students to determine if they have also contracted the illness.

Barshinger would not say how many other students might be infected at this time, but he said the health department is investigating multiple potential cases.

"It is a situation that the Kane County Health Department would consider to be a cluster," Barshinger said.

A spokesman for the county Health Department did not immediately return messages.

Barshinger said the situation is changing rapidly and the school district's actions related to the illness may change, as well.

The district on Wednesday closed Rotolo Middle School after a student there was confirmed as likely having been infected with swine flu.

Barshinger said the high school could be closed beyond Monday, or other schools in the district may be closed, as well.

Barshinger would not comment on the condition of the male student confirmed as a probable case of swine flu, citing federal privacy rules.

But he said the case has been confirmed with a "quick test" by a physician and by state health officials and has been referred to the federal Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

The closure of the high school means that all school activities and events, including all athletic competitions and practices, home and away, and all usage of the high school building by the public will be canceled until further notice, a press release on the school district's Web site said.

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