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Flutes at 2 local schools may have been contaminated with semen; O.C. experts downplay health danger

Flutes at 2 local schools may have been contaminated with semen; O.C. experts downplay health danger

As state and federal officials investigate how batches of plastic flutes believed to be contaminated with semen were distributed this past spring to schools in Costa Mesa, Fountain Valley and elsewhere in Southern California, health experts in Orange County said Monday that exposure to the flutes likely posed little risk to students.

Officials from the Newport-Mesa Unified School District’s Sonora Elementary School and the Fountain Valley School District’s Courreges Elementary said in emails to parents that they believe they are among schools in 14 districts possibly affected.

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