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Swine Flu Arizona: Policy of Closing Maricopa County Schools is Lifted, But 10 Schools Closed in Nogales


The most pressing question about the H1N1 "swine flu" virus now seems to be: Will the thing return this fall and kill millions?

Locally, the panic has ratcheted way down, with the Maricopa County Department of Public Health declaring on Saturday that new cases of swine flu would not result in school closures. The scare continued in other places, though.

In Nogales, ten schools will be closed for a week beginning today after a child caught the disease -- even though the kid ended up fine.

Officials announced new cases of swine flu yesterday, including six in Pima County: Four on the Tohono O'odham Indian Reservation, one in Marana, and one in Tucson. Another case cropped up in Yuma.

Officials should hear back today on the results of dozens of other suspected cases.

Confirmed cases worldwide stand at about 1,000.

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Ray Stern has worked as a newspaper reporter in Arizona for more than two decades. He's won numerous awards for his reporting, including the Arizona Press Club's Don Bolles Award for Investigative Journalism.