By BRIAN BAKST (Associated Press Writer)
From Associated Press
May 03, 2009 3:21 PM EDT
ST. PAUL, Minn. – Parents wondered who to blame when two neighboring schools in their small central Minnesota town closed because one school had a probable case of swine flu.
Was the virus introduced by a staff member at the cafeteria both student bodies use? Was the patient possibly some student who could have picked up the bug on a spring break trip?
Officials of Rocori Middle School and of nearby private St. Boniface School in the town of Cold Spring couldn’t help because they didn’t know. And Minnesota health officials wouldn’t say.
The absence of information fed a rumor mill that prompted one parent to set the record straight about her daughter’s cough.
“I’m sending this to put a rumor to rest,” Kim Baumgarten wrote in Thursday’s St. Boniface School electronic newsletter, declaring firmly that her daughter “does not have the `Swine Flu.'”