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2 Cainta students have H1N1 flu

School suspends classes

By DJ Yap
Philippine Daily Inquirer
First Posted 15:32:00 06/21/2009

Filed Under: Swine Flu, Education, Health, Government

MANILA, Philippines—Classes at the Karangalan Elementary School in Cainta town have been suspended for 10 days beginning Monday after two pupils tested positive for the Influenza A(H1N1) virus, officials said Sunday.

Cainta Mayor Mon Ilagan said two pupils who exhibited swine flu-like symptoms brought to four the number of confirmed swine flu cases in the town.

He said the two were found to have contracted the disease based on results of swab tests submitted for analysis to the Research Institute for Tropical Medicine.

The results for other pupils given swab tests have not been released, although Ilagan said it was highly likely that they would yield similar positive results.

He said school and town officials, upon a recommendation by the health department, decided to suspend classes at the school to prevent the spread of the disease.

Last week, town officials suspended classes at the school after 43 pupils and three teachers exhibited swine flu-like symptoms, like fever and sore throat.

Two other cases were previously recorded in the town, a high school student from Greenland Executive Village in San Juan, and his mother who apparently caught the disease from him, Ilagan said.

In a previous interview, Ilagan said a teacher was the first to exhibit the symptoms, including “fever and sore throat,” on Monday.

“The next day, several pupils in the class started showing the same symptoms. On Wednesday, there were pupils in the next class who reported the same condition,” the mayor said.

Ilagan said town officials began distributing paracetamol tablets, thermometers, and face masks to the pupils on Thursday, adding that all those who had exhibited the symptoms were being monitored by health officers.

The mayor added that he would ask the local council for the release of P5 million from the town's calamity fund for the provision of free flu shots to residents.



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