Keller ISD and Swine Flu

The district has updated their website with the following information:

Cases of human swine influenza A (HINI) virus infection have now been confirmed in California, Kansas, New York, Ohio and Guadalupe County, Texas. There are also numerous confirmed cases in Mexico. Investigations of the cases are in progress with contact investigations extending to Tarrant County.

As with any health issue, Keller ISD is working closely with Tarrant County Public Health (TCPH) has it remains watchful and involved in enhanced regional surveillance activities. School nurses are participating with Tarrant County Public Health Department in Influenza Surveillance tracking. Please notify your school nurse if your student exhibits any flu-like symptoms.

KISD’s Operations Department currently uses the disinfectant Triad, which is effective against Type A influenza. As a proactive step, the Operations Department will increase the levels of disinfection on all campuses immediately.

This strain of human swine influenza A (HINI) is unique because it is a combination of swine, avian and human influenza viruses. Symptoms include fever, cough and runny nose and possibly other symptoms such as body aches, nausea or vomiting and diarrhea. Anyone experience these symptoms should contact their health care provider. The health care provider may prescribe antiviral medication and other treatment and will determine whether influenza testing is needed. There is no vaccine available at this time.

Human-to-human transmission of this virus is occurring, but the ease at which this happens is unknown. The incubation for this strain is currently unknown, but is estimated at 1 to 7 days. Persons should be considered contagious as long as they are symptomatic and possibly for 7 days following illness onset. This virus is sensitive to the anti-viral medications oseltamavir and zanavamir, but is resistant to amanatidne and rimantadine.

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