HUACHUCA CITY, Ariz. -- Illness has brought school to a haltin Huachuca City.
For the next four days Huachuca City Elementary will be closedand crews will be disinfecting everything that children put theirhands on.
On Monday, 36 percent of the student body at the southernArizona school was absent.
Cochise County Health Director Vaira Harik said the vastmajority of flu circulating in the Sierra Vista area is the H1N1virus known as swine flu.
School officials said 171 students of the 475 who attend stayedhome Monday as well as ten staffers.
Superintendent Karl Uterhardt says there were 140 absencesFriday.
Huachuca City Elementary will remain closed today throughSaturday.
After that, fall break kicks in. So, while students are away,the entire school will be disinfected including door knobs, desks,restrooms, and the cafeteria.
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