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Sep 17, 2009 9:00 AM by Associated Press

Swine flu outbreak suspected at Colorado Springs school

A school official says almost 40 percent of the students at Cesar Chavez Academy in Colorado Springs are sick with what is presumed to be swine flu.

The charter school's family support coordinator Alex Malone said at a board meeting Wednesday that five teachers and 86 of the school's 231 students were out Wednesday. That was up from 52 students who were out Monday and 69 on Tuesday.

School officials have decided to postpone a carnival this weekend, but they are waiting to see what attendance is Thursday before deciding whether to close the school.

Because seasonal influenza has not yet been detected this year, cases of the flu are presumed to be swine flu.

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