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Schools monitoring Swine Flu situation

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MEMPHIS, TN (WMC-TV) - Eighteen flu samples have been tested for Swine Flu in Tennessee, officials said Wednesday.  While none of those samples tested positive, President Barack Obama said schools with confirmed or suspected cases should temporarily close in the interest of safety.

Memphis City School leaders have sent out letters warning parents about swine flu concerns and offering advice on how to help prevent the virus from spreading.

"One is good hand washing," Dr. Nieika Parks said. "They're championing those messages at the school site setting, to encourage students parents and teachers to engage in hand washing."

Parks said fact sheets about swine flu and the current alerts have also been e-mailed to school staff members.  Staffers are being encouraged to be on the lookout for students who might exhibit flu like symptoms.

Meanwhile, school officials continue to consult with the health department.

"We are talking daily - we're talking hourly - to constantly update one another about what things may be going on, such that we are prepared and vigilant to address whatever concerns there may be," Parks said.

School officials say the Memphis and Shelby County Health Department would ultimately make the decision on whether schools should close for flu related reasons.

In a written statement, a Shelby County Schools spokesperson said, "Shelby County Schools are in contact with the Health Department and are monitoring the situation."

DeSoto County Schools had not returned our calls at the time this story was posted online.

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