Health & Medicine

Jefferson Co. illness confirmed as swine flu

A staffer at a Jefferson County middle school has been confirmed to have swine flu, officials said Monday afternoon.

It is Kentucky's 13th confirmed case of H1N1 flu, and the first to directly involve an elementary or secondary school.

The unidentified patient has mild flu symptoms and has not been hospitalized, the Louisville Metro Department of Health and Wellness said late Monday.

According to Jefferson County Public Schools, the staffer works at Louisville's Meyzeek Middle School. Tests at the state Department for Public Health lab in Frankfort confirmed the case as swine flu over the weekend, officials said.

Health officials said Monday, however, that there is no plan to recommend that any schools be closed, an option previously outlined by the Kentucky Department of Education if the flu situation became dire.

State health authorities continue to recommend that Kentuckians take precautions such as regular hand-washing, covering coughs and sneezes, and monitoring themselves for flu-like symptoms, particularly if they have been out of the country recently.