Dengue hits Ricardo Richards

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ST. CROIX - Two confirmed cases of dengue fever at Ricardo Richards Elementary School have prompted the V.I. Education Department to issue an alert to parents, urging them to apply mosquito repellent to their children at home before sending them to school.

One of the dengue cases is the principal, who tested positive for dengue last week, said Education Department spokeswoman Ananta Pancham. The previous week, a student had a confirmed case, she said.

According to a statement Education released Monday, a handful of Ricardo Richards students also were sent home last week after they had fevers and other flu-like symptoms.

"The origin of these cases has not yet been determined," but school officials are taking precautions to protect students, according to the statement.

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