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Flu Spreads and More Schools are Closed

Two more schools in Maryland have been closed because of the swine flu outbreak, and more cases have cropped up in District, and Maryland.

Latest reports say an 8-year-old boy from Montpelier Elementary School, in Laurel, Prince George's County, may have the flu, and the school is closing for two weeks.

In the District, two George Washington University students are now listed as probable cases.

In Anne Arundel County officials announced that Folger McKinsey Elementary School would close for five days. A student there apparently caught the flu from his father, a member of a government security team, who caught a probable case during a visit to Mexico.

Rockville High School, where a student is apparently infected, was closed this morning.

The new cases include two people in the District _ the first in Washington.

The city said only that they were female roomates at George Washington University. One had been traveling in a flu-affected area and then apparently infected the other, the city said.

Another probable case cropped up in Charles County. Officials would say only that the patient was a young man, and not connected to any school.

There are now 15 probable or confirmed cases of swine flu across Maryland, the District and Virginia.

So far, none has been fatal, or serious enough to require hospitalization.

By Michael E. Ruane  |  May 1, 2009; 4:34 PM ET
Categories:  New Cases , Schools  
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