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  • Blout County, TN - Woman blames school for son's case of H1N1

    Updated: 12:37 AM Aug 29, 2009
    Woman blames school for son's case of H1N1
    H1N1 continues to make itself known around East Tennessee, now striking hard in Blount County. Several students within the Blount County School District have been confirmed to have contracted this strain of the flu.
    Posted:
    11:22 PM Aug 28, 2009
    Reporter:
    Sara Shookman
    Email Address:
    sara.shookman@wvlt-tv.com
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    BLOUNT COUNTY, Tenn. (WVLT) -- H1N1 continues to make itself known around East Tennessee, now striking hard in Blount County. Several students within the Blount County School District have been confirmed to have contracted this strain of the flu.
    Wendi Cascarella says her 17-year-old son Joseph is a confirmed case.
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    </td></tr></tbody></table>"It starts off as a head cold, achiness, sore throat, some stomach cramping," says Cascarella. "That's how it starts. Then it just progressively gets worse from there."
    Cascarella is blaming the district. Her son is student at William Blount High School.
    "We send our kids to get an education, not to get sick. And they really aren't doing anything to protect these kids from contracting this thing."
    Blount County School District officials say custodians are wiping down high traffic areas often. They've emphasized washing hands, using santizer and covering coughs properly to keep the spread of germs down.
    But Cascarella says it's not enough. "Until they get it under control, I don't know what else they can do, besides close the schools and sanitize the schools. That's the only thing I can think of."
    The district is following the Centers for Disease Control and Tennessee Department of Health guidelines by staying open.
    "We're going everything we can," says Director of Schools Rob Britt. "We're asking those folks to stay home until they are fever free for 24 hours without the use of any type of fever reducing medications."
    The Blount County Health Department says unless your children have symptoms, send them to school.
    "This is no time for panic," says Director Mickey Roberts. "You should continue circulating as normal in the community."
    Roberts says while H1N1 cases are unfortunate, they aren't unexpected. And the strain of swine flu isn't necessarily more dangerous than the flu we see each year. "The evidence is clear, H1N1, right now, is no worse than seasonal flu.
    Blount County School District says they will continue to monitor attendance levels in case the virus would spread. Parents can visit their Web site for information by clicking the link below.

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    Re: Blout County, TN - Woman blames school for son's case of H1N1

    Blount County is about one hour's drive from Lenoir - see Tennessee Lenoir City School gets first case of H1N1 virus
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      Re: Blout County, TN - Woman blames school for son's case of H1N1

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