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After the Mineola junior varsity and varsity lacrosse teams played St. Francis Prep School, located in Fresh Meadows, the school that has had a reported 47 cases of Swine Flu, the players are feeling fine, according to Mineola athletic director Ralph Amitrano.

According to the Associated Press (AP), students began going home sick on Thursday, April 23 and Friday, April 24, from St. Francis Prep, a school with a student body of 2,700.

On Friday, April 24, the Mineola boys junior varsity and varsity lacrosse teams both played against St. Francis Prep with the JV team playing at 4:30 p.m. at St. Francis Prep and the varsity team playing at the Hampton Street School at 4:30 p.m.

St. Francis Prep closed beginning Monday, April 27. According to the school's website, the school was planning on reopening Monday, May 4.

According to Amitrano, all of the players who played lacrosse for Mineola but three were in school on Monday, April 27 and the three who weren't in school on Monday, were in school on Tuesday. "They were all fine," he said. "We haven't had any reports of kids with flu or anything like that. Everything seems to be fine."

Amitrano said he wrote a letter to all the parents of the lacrosse players to monitor their sons' health over the upcoming days.

Superintendent of Schools for the Mineola School District Dr. Larry Licopoli also sent out a district-wide letter on April 28, which can be found on the district's website at www.mineola.k12.ny.us, with symptoms to looks for and precautions one should take.

In the East Williston School District, four students from the Willets Road School, which educates students from fifth to seventh grade, have been diagnosed with Influenza type A virus. However, in a letter dated May 3, Superintendent of Schools Dr. Lorna Lewis said the students have been cleared to return to school.

The Nassau County Department of Health advises individuals to protect themselves and prevent the spread of illness by doing the following:

• Wash your hands often with soap and water, especially after you cough or sneeze. Alcohol-based hand cleaners are also effective.

• Cover your nose and mouth with a tissue when you cough or sneeze. Throw the tissue in the trash after you use it.

• Avoid touching your eyes, nose or mouth. Germs spread this way.

• Try to avoid close contact with sick people.

• If you get sick, stay home from work or school and limit contact with others to keep from infecting them.


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