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Transit Middle School Student Has Confirmed Case of Swine Flu

By Joyce Kryszak

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Buffalo, NY – A student from Transit Middle school in East Amherst is the first Erie County resident to test positive for swine flu.

Health and school officials Monday described the case as mild. They say the child, who was treated as an outpatient, returned to class Monday. Officials say no one is in jeopardy and the school will remain open. Erie County Health Commissioner Anthony Billittier says it's already past the seven day period when the child might have been contagious.

Billittier says there are likely other cases of swine flu throughout the county. But he says they could go undetected because symptoms are not severe. Nor, he says, is there a need to test every person who has flu symptoms.

Williamsville School Superintendent Howard Smith says letters are being sent home to parents telling them what the school is doing to keep students safe. But Smith says they are really just continuing be proactive.

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