Huntsville schools close after probable Swine Flu cases

HUNTSVILLE, Ala. (AP) - Alabama officials are shutting down schools for about 31,000 students in Madison County because of two probable cases of swine flu.

Huntsville's 52 city schools and another 10 in Madison will be closed from Thursday through Monday to keep the sickness from spreading.

The school attended by two kindergartners believed to have swine flu, Heritage Elementary in Madison, will be closed even longer, for a week.

Many of the county's private schools and day care centers also are shutting down temporarily, and leaders are deciding whether to let public events like plays and festivals go on.

Health leaders say they're 95 percent sure that two kindergarten students in Madison have swine flu.

They say both children are at home and recovering.

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