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Swine flu infects two more public schools, one private

Eric Hill Eric Hill
Aina Haina Elementary School principal Brendan Burns Aina Haina Elementary School principal Brendan Burns
Mililani Middle School principal Valerie Kardash Mililani Middle School principal Valerie Kardash

By Duane Shimogawa - bio | email

AINA HAINA (KHNL) - There are now 15 confirmed cases of the swine flu virus in Hawaii. Some of Thursday's new cases come from students at Aina Haina Elementary, Mililani Middle School, and a private school. Most parents at both Mililani Middle School and Aina Haina Elementary found out about it when they picked up their kids.

Some say it's blown out of proportion, while others tell us it worries them. But principals say they've got it under control.

Both Aina Haina Elementary and Mililani Middle School learned Thursday morning that each had a student with the swine flu virus.

"I'm not worried about my children, so I mean if there's an epidemic, like it was a grade full or something like that, but one case, I mean, that's just gonna happen," Aina Haina Elementary School parent Eric Hill said.

School officials say the two infected students weren't in class on Thursday. Instead, they're both recovering from mild cases of the virus at home.

"I was just in shock, I didn't know what to say, what to do, just like and I hear it on the news, but just don't know it could come close to home," Mililani Middle School parent Lovell Kaleikini said.

School principals say the school will remain open and all activities will go on as planned.

"We have everything under control, we're doing our best to make sure our rest rooms are fully stacked with paper towels and hand wash solution that type of thing, we're doing everything we can to make sure the spread is limited," Aina Haina Elementary School principal Brendan Burns said.

That's the same message from Mililani Middle School officials.

"This is a fairly calm atmosphere that's going on, our teachers are all well-informed and we're expecting to carry out our business as usual," Mililani Middle School principal Valerie Kardash said.

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