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Gov. Perry issues disaster declaration over swine flu outbreak

AUSTIN, Texas (AP) - Texas officials are postponing all public high school athletic competition until May 11 because of the swine flu outbreak.

University Interscholastic League Executive Director Charles Breithaupt says that the move suspends the baseball and softball seasons and eliminates the regional track championships which were to start Friday. He says UIL officials acted on the recommendation of Dr. David Lakey, Commissioner of the Texas Department of State Health Services.

With 16 confirmed cases of swine flue in Texas, Gov. Rick Perry announced a disaster declaration today for the entire state. The declaration will allow officials to begin emergency protective measures and seek reimbursement from the federal government.

The state golf and tennis championships are scheduled to begin May 11.

The state track meet, 1 of the largest high school track and field competitions in the country, has been extended from its normal two days to three and is scheduled for May 14-16.

Breithaupt says the top four athletes in each region, based on the district championships, will be invited to the state meet, which will have about 4,000 athletes, twice the normal size. That still shuts out about 16,000 athletes who compete statewide in the regional meets.

All UIL academic competitions, including the state meet that was to begin May 7, are also postponed and will be rescheduled later.

The University Interscholastic League: http://www.uil.utexas.edu

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