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Swine Flu Update

VHSL not planning to cancel athletic activities

While trepidation about the spread of swine flu (H1N1) has forced the cancellation of all high school sports in Texas and Alabama in the past week, the Virginia High School League (VHSL) released a statement this week saying, as of now, it is not planning to take such actions.

“The Virginia High School League (VHSL) is and has been in communication with the Virginia Department of Education (VDOE) Health Services and is currently monitoring the latest updates from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) during this Swine flu (H1N1) outbreak,” said the statement released by VHSL communications manager, Mike McCall. “The VHSL, at this time, has not postponed any upcoming VHSL championships and/or regular

season games based on the current Swine flu (H1N1) outbreak. The National Federation of State High School Associations (NFHS) Sports Medicine Advisory Committee is also monitoring the latest updates from the CDC on the H1N1 Virus. As of right now, the NFHS recommends that each state association follow the lead of its state and local health departments.”

As of Tuesday, there were two reported cases of swine flu in the state of Virginia, according to Governor Kaine, while Rockville High School in Maryland had to close Friday because of a potential outbreak.

The VHSL recommends checking the Virginia Department of Education Web site (www.doe.virginia.gov) or the CDC wesbite (www.cdc.gov/swineflu) for more information.