Sunset Park Elm: Possible case of H1N1

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WILMINGTON, NC (WECT) - A Sunset Park Elementary student was in the hospital Tuesday night with a suspected case of the H1N1 virus.

School administrators alerted parents Tuesday afternoon about the possible case and canceled a book fair that was schedule that evening.

The school system let parents know about the possible flu case by using their automated "Alert Now" call system.

"If we have a case that we know of that's being tested, we're going to go ahead and notify the parents at that time that we have a case being tested before it's confirmed," said Dr. Rick Holliday.

The schools faced some criticism from parents last week after a total of four cases of the virus were confirmed between Gregory and Snipes.

Over 200 students stayed home from school Friday, but administrators hope that warning people early and giving out as much information about the virus as possible will get some students back in the classroom.

"This is not as bad as our Health Dept. folks originally thought and therefore, it's ok to send your children to school," said Dr. Holliday.

With only one more week of classes, some Sunset Elm. parents are thinking about keeping their children home.

School officials say the health department should get some preliminary results from the possible H1N1 test Wednesday, and WECT should know by Thursday if the case is confirmed.

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