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Breaking News: H1N1 confirmed in two local students

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Offiicals marvel at mild flu symptoms - question clean air, better nutrition, other factors

By Carol A. Clark

Two Los Alamos Middle School students and a kindergartner from Kirtland Early Childhood Center near Farmington have been diagnosed with H1N1 influenza. The 5-year-old girl from San Juan County is hospitalized.

While a couple of hundred local students have come down with flu-like symptoms since the middle of last week, none have been hospitalized, which LAPS Superintendent Eugene Schmidt commented on late this afternoon. 

"The symptoms have been very light with fevers up to 101 degrees, sore throats and dry coughs," Schmidt said. "Perhaps it's the healthier lifestyle our students live in Los Alamos, the clean air and good nutrition, we really don't know yet why the symptoms have been so light."

The New Mexico Department of Health confirmed the four H1N1 cases late today in a news release.

Today's student absences include 111 at LAMS, 14 at Aspen, 8 at Barranca, 8 at Chamisa, 3 at Mountain and 11 at Pinon. 

Los Alamos High School numbers remain insignificant, LAPS officials said.

Read the full story in Friday's Los Alamos Monitor.

Contact Carol A. Clark at lanews@lamonitor.com or 505-662-4185 ext. 25. Read her newsblog at www.newsextras.wordpress.com.