A Reeves Middle School teacher who was experiencing flu-like symptoms has tested negative for influenza, according to a county health official.
School principal Aaron Davis e-mailed parents Monday and sent home a letter with students Tuesday to quell rumors that the unidentified teacher was diagnosed with the H1N1 flu, also known as swine flu.
Sherri McDonald, director of the county Public Health and Social Services Department, said the teacher exhibited flu-like symptoms but tested negative for influenza. Flu-like symptoms can be caused by a number of different viruses, she explained.
Davis’ correspondence was sent before the county received the test results.
Davis wrote in a letter that, as a precaution, employees are cleaning and disinfecting surfaces throughout the building.
Thurston County has had one confirmed case of the H1N1 flu. The 31-year-old man has recovered, McDonald said.
The teacher was diagnosed with flu-like symptoms over the weekend consistent with seasonal flu, his letter said. The teacher was not at school Monday and Tuesday.
Davis asked parents in his letter to notify the school if children come down with symptoms so the school can inform the county health department.