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Texas Swine Flu Updates

By KERA News & Wire Services

Dallas, TX – School closings because of swine flu continue to climb in North Texas.

Lewisville has announced the cancellation of classes at all its schools next week, Monday through Friday because of one confirmed case of the virus. Ponder will also cancel classes Monday because of probably cases. Students in Cleburne were scheduled to return to classes Monday. Instead the superintendent is extending the cancellation of classes through Monday until test results on some probable cases are available.

There are two more cases of swine flu in Texas. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said today that the two newly confirmed cases bring the state total to 28 so far. There are 146 confirmed cases nationally. The Texas Department of State Health Services reports that the new cases are in Denton and Harris County.

About 300 Texas schools are closed because of the swine flu.

After five swine flu cases were confirmed in Tarrant County, officials canceled Fort Worth's annual Mayfest, a four-day event that usually attracts 200,000 people.

Also canceled this weekend are the city of Cleburne's Springfest and Cinco de Mayo festivals, and Big Bend Ranch State Park's party of tours and a free barbecue -- although the park will remain open. Cisco Junior College in West Texas canceled its Friday graduation ceremony and instead will mail diplomas to graduates.

For additional information on the swine flu, please visit:

Dept. State Health Services

Centers For Disease Control & Prevention

Texas Education Agency Swine Flu Page

List Of Texas School Closings