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Schools have been cleared of swine flu

By Vision Reporter

Added 11th October 2009 03:00 AM

SCHOOLS that had students with swine flu and those that had suspected cases have been declared free from the H1N1 virus.

SCHOOLS that had students with swine flu and those that had suspected cases have been declared free from the H1N1 virus.

By Conan Businge

SCHOOLS that had students with swine flu and those that had suspected cases have been declared free from the H1N1 virus.

Health state minister Moses Kakooza yesterday said: “No school in the country now has swine flu affected students.”

But he added that it did not mean the schools could not be hit by the virus again.

“All communities are still prone to contracting swine flu. The precautionary measures that were put in place must be maintained,” the minister emphasised.

Two schools, one in Luweero and the other in Mukono district, have been on the health alert list after it was suspected that some of the students had contracted swine flu.

The first cases in schools were reported in Kitabi Seminary SS (Bushenyi), Nyakasura SS (Kabarole), and Ndejje SS (Luweero). Early Learning Centre, a primary school in Entebbe, was also last week confirmed to have pupils with swine flu.

A total of 75 people have so far been confirmed to have contracted the disease in Uganda since July. Of these, 37 are students.

Kakooza said the suspected cases in the schools tested negative. He added that the students who had contracted the virus had recovered.

“Schools which had swine flu affected students will remain under a high alert. We cannot take chances,” Kakooza said.

The number of people infected with swine flu globally has shot up. At least 4,525 people have died from the disease since the H1N1 virus was confirmed in April, the World Health Organisation said on Friday.

Schools have been cleared of swine flu

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