Lufkin High student tests probable for H1N1

LUFKIN, TX (KTRE) - A Lufkin ISD student test has been returned to the local health district as probable for H1N1 flu, according to a county spokeswoman.

LISD Superintendent, Roy Knight, said the student is enrolled at Lufkin High School.

"Parents will be real concerned about "so what happens next?" We'll be following the Centers for Disease Control guidelines. We'll be disinfecting our high school campus thoroughly tonight," said Knight.

The Angelina County Health District received the probable result from the Department of State Health Services Tuesday morning, Sharon Shaw said.

"We tried to be very particular, our physician group here in town wanted to be very certain that they send off only those that they really felt like had the symptoms so we would not backlog the laboratories with a lot of worried well," said Shaw.

The male was tested in early May and was properly treated for the flu and stayed out of school for seven days and is back to regular activities, Shaw said.

Knight said the student was quarantined for seven days and returned to the school. He said according to the health department, no other students had been tested for the flu since the student's return.

Knight said the school will be disinfected tonight and he expected all schools to remain open this week.

Shaw said that of the probable cases sent to the Centers for Disease Control, 99 percent have come back positive.

Shaw would not say which school the male attended, but he had not been out of the state prior to contacting the flu.

Of the 53 cases sent for testing, only about a dozen have been returned, Shaw said. Until this morning's probable result, all the swabs tested negative for H1N1.