Flu scare shuts Fort Greene school

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MS 113 reopened on Wednesday, six days after the Department of Health shut the Adelphi Street junior high school after 18 students exhibited flu-like symptoms.

No cases of swine flu were confirmed, but given last week’s H1N1 virus hysteria, 145 students and many teachers skipped classes last Thursday, prompting the city to close the school, according to Councilwoman Letitia James (D–Clinton Hill), who had discussed the “precaution­ary” closure at a meeting of the Society for Clinton Hill later that night.

The Health Department said the students “were documented with an influenza-like illness during the last four school days,” but not H1N1.

The Department of Education had said from the outset that the school would reopen on Wednesday and, indeed, it did.

Parents told The Brooklyn Paper that they were confident that the school was safe for their children.

MS 113 was the only Brooklyn school to cancel classes last week, but the city did shutter five other public schools around the city last Thursday, following 22 earlier shutdowns, most of them in Queens.

Updated 5:13 pm, July 9, 2018
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Reasonable discourse

Pat from Williamsburg says:
IS 318 in Williamsburg was the first Brooklyn school shut down. It was closed all last week.
May 23, 2009, 10:40 am
Lawrence Gordon says:
Why is H1N1 "dreaded". It appears to be much more benign than previous influenzas. Also, were the cases not confirmed because no testing was done? I want more facts.
May 27, 2009, 4:04 pm

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