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World Bank Employees Cleared

The World Bank says that none of its 80 employees exposed to a fellow staffer who appears to have had swine flu has shown any symptoms of the disease, and workers are being told they can come back to work today.

The bank had asked them to stay home Thursday after learning they had been exposed to the employee, who got the flu on a trip to Mexico in mid-April.

The sick employee, a resident of Maryland and the husband of a Takoma Park elementary school teacher, has fully recovered and the infectious period has passed, the bank said. None of his co-workers or immediate family has shown flu symptoms. The teacher agreed to stay home from school, as did the couple’s two children, who attend Westland Middle and Einstein High, but the schools remained open, officials said.

The teacher and children are also expected to be cleared to return as early as today.

The bank said the preliminary flu diagnosis of its staff member was performed by Montgomery County health officials, but the diagnosis has to be confirmed through a second test performed by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control.

By Michael E. Ruane  |  May 1, 2009; 9:19 AM ET
Categories:  New Cases , Prevention  
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