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Published May 04, 2009, 05:05 AM

Possible swine flu cases close more Minnesota schools

Polk County 'probable' swine flu case ruled out
Eleven schools in Orono, Minn., will be closed today and one school in Minneapolis will also be shuttered due to probable cases of swine flu, state health officials said Sunday. Rocori Middle School in Cold Spring — which has been connected to the state's lone confirmed case of swine flu — would also remain closed today.

By: Amy Forliti, Associated Press

MINNEAPOLIS — All schools in Orono, Minn., will be closed today and one school in Minneapolis will also be shuttered due to probable cases of swine flu, state health officials said Sunday.

Rocori Middle School in Cold Spring — which has been connected to the state's lone confirmed case of swine flu — would also remain closed today.

In Orono, officials closed the district's two elementary schools, middle school and high school after a probable case of swine flu was found in someone connected to the high school. The schools are on the same campus, said Superintendent Karen Orcutt.

"We are just simply erring on the side of caution," Orcutt said Sunday. "We believe that we will have more information in the next 24 hours."

In Minneapolis, a probable case of swine flu caused the closure of Emerson Spanish Immersion School, state health officials said.

Health Department officials said the schools will stay closed until confirmation testing by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention is complete or until additional guidance is available.

State health officials on Sunday lowered the number of probable cases in Minnesota from eight to six, saying that two of the suspected cases — in Polk and Scott counties — turned out to be seasonal influenza.

Of the remaining six probable cases, three were in Hennepin County, and there was one each in Isanti, Dakota and Wright counties.

In a statement, the Department of Health said it had tested samples from 420 people as of noon on Sunday. About 20 more were awaiting testing.

None of Minnesota's probable cases have required hospitalization and all of the ill are expected to make a full recovery.

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