By Stephen Smith, Globe Staff
Public health authorities in Boston announced this morning that they are temporarily closing the city's biggest charter school, Boston Renaissance, for a week because of a suspected outbreak of swine flu.
Classes are being suspended at the Theater District school starting tomorrow and are expected to resume June 4. The closing was prompted by an unusually high number of absences in recent days, the Boston Public Health Commission said.
State health authorities reported this afternoon that 63 more Massachusetts residents have confirmed cases of swine flu, bringing to 413 the total number of infections identified in the past month.
None of the newly confirmed cases required hospitalization.
Nearly three-quarters of all swine flu patients in the state live in just two Boston-area counties, Middlesex and Suffolk.
Boston Renaissance is the eighth public or private school in the city to be shuttered because of swine flu fears. The city's largest public school, Boston Latin, resumed classes today after being closed for a week.
Two other schools, the John D. O'Bryant School of Mathematics and Science in Roxbury and the James Condon Elementary School in South Boston, began weeklong closings today and will remain closed until next Wednesday, June 3.
The Umana Middle School Academy in East Boston and Frederick Middle School in Dorchester were closed last week when students began falling ill, as were two private academies: the Winsor School and the British school.
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