INDIANAPOLIS (WISH) - One of Indianapolis' most well known philanthropists has adirect connection to the flu outbreak in Mexico City.
Christel Dehaan runs a school there with 381 students. In2007, 24-Hour News 8 traveled to the
Earlier this week, Dehaan received some bad news. She learnedH1N1 flu also known as swine flu had touched some relatives ofstudents.
"We have had a situation. Where two children who were caredfor by other family members fell ill, were taken to the hospitaland diagnosed with swine flu. Subsequently, both of those familymembers have passed away," said Cheryl Wendling, Vice President ofChristel House International.
Again, no student has come down with the virus but familymembers became infected.
"The children have been moved to another environment, we'vetaken them to the hospital. They have been checked by medicalpersonnel, and so far all is fine," said Cheryl.
Christel House is closed, like all schools in Mexico City,and isn't expected to reopen until May 6. The school has a fulltime nurse, and a mother's organization to help keep parentsinformed.
Staff is working from home and the school has been thoroughlycleaned.
"Actually we have already sanitized the entire facility, theday after they closed all schools down, we had our cleaning crew inthere with soap water and sanitizing," said Cheryl.
Christel House Learning Center has been open for 11 yearsnow, teaching children there everything from computers to music tolanguage.
Authorities checked two students from the school for theswine flu virus. Tests came back negative.
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