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Two cadets have swine flu

By Charles Herrington -  Bio | Email

CAMP SHELBY, MS (WDAM) - A scheduled Saturday graduation ceremony for Class-30 of the Youth Challenge Program at Camp Shelby has been moved up to Friday morning because two of the cadets have tested positive for H191 swine flu.

Youth challenge deputy director Lt. Colonel Steve McCoy said the cases of the H1N1 Virus were confirmed in two male cadets Thursday night.  He said they have been quarantined on post and will not participate in the graduation exercise.

McCoy said the graduation was scheduled for Saturday morning at the Forrest County Multi-Purpose Facility. Now, it will be held at 7:30 a.m. Friday at the Camp Shelby parade field. 

McCoy said parents will be allowed to pick up their children after the graduation. He also said State Health Department officals have given their approval for the event.

The Youth Challenge Program is a 22-week, military-style program which gives Mississippi high school drop-outs a second chance at getting an education. The Mississippi Youth Challenge Program is recognized as one of the top programs in the country. 

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