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Respiratory virus closes Seattle Catholic school

Tuesday - 5/8/2012, 8:00pm  ET

SEATTLE (AP) - A Seattle private high school is being closed for a few days because of an outbreak of flu-like symptoms.

Bishop Blanchet Catholic high school reports the students and staff are probably sick from a respiratory virus like influenza, not whooping cough.

Public health officials told school officials there is no evidence of an increase in whooping cough at Bishop Blanchet.

More than 150 students were out sick on Tuesday. The school is being closed for at least Wednesday and Thursday.

Students are advised to check online for assignments and messages from their teachers. And they are being told by health officials to wash their hands, cover their cough and stay home.

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