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Academy suspends classes due to student's swine flu

ATLANTA - Georgia health officials have shut down a suburban Atlanta private school after a 14-year-old student tested positive for swine flu.

Eagle's Landing Christian Academy in Henry County has suspended all classes for 14 days, though no other students are displaying symptoms of the potentially fatal H1N1 virus, said Dr. Elizabeth Ford, head of the state's Division of Public Health.

A group of the ill student's classmates returned from a trip to Panama in mid-April, Ford said during a news conference. The ill student did not go on the trip, she said. There have been no confirmed cases of swine flu in Panama, and health officials said they did not know if the student's illness was related to their trip. None of the students who went on the trip have shown symptoms of illness.

The state received the confirmation from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention on Monday, Ford said.