Staff at the Norfolk Middle School didn’t teach students this morning,but instead donned masks and gloves to clean and disinfect the facility. School officials were notified last Thursday that a Middle School student has a probable case of the H-1-N-1 flu virus.
Kathy Nordby, health director of the Elkhorn-Logan Valley Public Health Department says the Norfolk student, and another probable case in boy in Madison, came as a surprise to them.”In our case there’s no believed contact between the two individuals or the two families, and there was not direct anechdotal information about contact with any of the places that had previously been identified.”
Nordby was joined at a morning news conference by Norfolk Schools Superintendent Marlene Uhing.
“We’re monitoring the number of students that are being sent to the nurses office or have requested to go to the nurses office not feeling well, we’ve had fairly low numbers of that and very few students sent home, but there have been a few that have gone home and complained of a headache or not feeling well.”
Nordby says we happen to be on the front edge of this wave, but they are expecting more cases being reported.
“I do want to keep prespective here that at this point all of the illness seems to be realted to a regular flu type manifestation, that we aren’t having undo hospitalization and only one death in the nation to this point confirmed, so we need to keep it in perspective that this is still the flu.”
Nebraska Chief Medical Officer Dr. Joann Scahefer says the new probable cases are boys between the ages of five and 18. None have been hospitalized and they are doing well and recovering.