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Guilford High School will close on Monday and Tuesday next week due to an extensive outbreak of the H1N1 flu virus. WNPR’s Diane Orson reports.

Guilford High School will be Connecticut’s first school in the state to close in this second wave of the H1N1 pandemic. More than 42% of Guilford High’s students were out sick today.

Faculty, staff and kids are being encouraged to avoid group gatherings, social situations and places where the virus may easily be spread. State epidemiologist Dr. Matthew Carter says the virus is hitting areas of Connecticut that were spared the first time around.

"Many of the school outbreaks that we’re now aware of, one school closing, are occurring in cities and towns in the central part of Connecticut and the eastern part of Connecticut, sort of, east of the Connecticut river."

Vaccine in Connecticut is in short supply.  The state currently has 128,400 doses.  More vaccine is expected to arrive later next week.

For WNPR, I’m Diane Orson.