The H1N1 flu virus is likely to return and spread throughout British Columbia schools this fall, provincial officials announced yesterday.

“We don’t expect that individual school closures, community-wide closures or provincewide closures will be useful in controlling the spread and impact of the H1N1 flu virus,” said provincial health officer Dr. Perry Kendall. “Closures early last spring were initiated out of an abundance of caution because we had very little information on the novel flu virus at that time.”

Kendall added the disease caused by the virus influenza A (H1N1), also known as swine flu, is generally mild and does not warrant “such severe measures.”

New guidelines have been created for schools, as well as plans for transporting sick students and post-pandemic recovery.

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