Back to School After Swine Flu Scare

It was the end of a surprise vacation for some, a happy reunion with friends for others and business as usual for all at Mission Hills High School on Wednesday after students returned from a mandated campus closure, the North County Times reported.

"At first I was happy because we didn't have school, but then I was worried if I was infected," 17-year-old junior Will Ray said in reflecting back to last week when he heard his school was closing for two weeks because another student had apparently contracted the swine flu.

The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention had recommended a two-week closure of any school where a student was diagnosed as carrying the H1N1 virus. Federal health authorities rescinded their recommendation Tuesday, saying the virus has turned out to be milder than initially feared.

One student at Mission Hills last week was identified as carrying the virus, and on Friday afternoon the district ordered the school closed for two weeks. It reopened Wednesday after being closed for just two days.

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