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Vancouver schools braced for H1N1

With a Killarney Secondary student recovering at home from H1N1 influenza , the Vancouver School Board is in constant touch with the B.C. Centre for Disease Control, according to VSB communications manager David Weir.

"No decision has been made to close the school," Weir told The Tyee. He said the board is taking guidance from medical health officers, and "The risk is very low that anyone else at Killarney will be affected."

The student hasn't been at school for the past week, Weir explained, and if others had been infected, they would have fallen ill by now.

Weir added that Vancouver Coastal Health has sent a letter to parents about the situation, with advice on how to fight flu with good personal hygiene.

In Vernon, Beairsto Elementary has been closed until May 11 after a student tested positive for H1N1 after returning from a holiday in Mexico.

According to the B.C. Centre for Disease Control, as of Friday, May 1, 11 persons have tested positive for H1N1.

Crawford Kilian is a contributing editor of The Tyee.

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