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Hillsborough closes two schools over swine flu

DOVER -- Two schools have been closed for the remainder of the school year after Hillsborough County health officials found one confirmed case of swine flu at Dover Elementary School, officials said Friday.

School district officials had kept schools open amid reports of possible flu cases, following the most recent guidance from the federal Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, said spokesman Stephen Hegarty.

But with a confirmed case Friday, officials decided to close both Dover and neighboring Willis Peters Exceptional Student Education Center, which serves around 115 students with cognitive or physical disabilities.

Hegarty said the decision to close the schools was made largely because the Peters students were deemed to be at particular risk of health complications from swine flu exposure.

The last day of school for all Hillsborough students is Thursday.

For more details and updates, visit or read tomorrow's St. Petersburg Times.

Tom Marshall, Times Staff Writer

[Last modified: Tuesday, May 25, 2010 10:24am]


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