Over 50 students out sick

June 5, 2009 2:28:13 PM PDT
About 60 kids were out sick at Pennsauken Intermediate school over the past two days.Karina Sosa got picked up early from school today.

She's a 6th grader at Pennsauken Intermediate; she texted her mom to come get her.

"There're a lot of kids sick and I was scared I might get it," Karina said.

School officials sent a letter home to parents yesterday after 50 students got sick with flu-like symptoms.

Today, the superintendent says 11 more were sent home sick, but nearly 300 kids total were absent.

He say that's probably due to parents being cautious.

Camden County health officials say the illness could be the seasonal flu, but they're testing some kids to see if it's the H1N1 swine flu.

Still, health officer Bob Smith says at this time there's no reason to close school and there's no reason to panic.

"But we will be vigilant and work with the school in whatever way necessary," Smith said.

Meanwhile, health officials in Philadelphia continue to watch a similar situation at William H. Hunter Elementary school. Several students there were sent home with flu-like symptoms over the past few days.

It's still unclear what's causing the illness.

Action News has learned two students at Hunter Elementary school tested positive for the flu, however it is not known if it is the swine flu.

Health officials also are reminding everyone that, so far, most cases of the H1N1 virus have been mild.

Still it's important to wash your hands frequently, cover coughs, and stay home if you're sick.

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