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Cainta school suspends classes

43 students, 3 teachers with flu-like symptoms

By DJ Yap
Philippine Daily Inquirer
First Posted 17:37:00 06/19/2009

Filed Under: Swine Flu, Children, Education, Epidemic and Plague

MANILA, Philippines?Classes at the Karangalan Elementary School in Cainta town were indefinitely suspended Friday after 43 pupils and three teachers exhibited flu-like symptoms, although none had been confirmed positive for Influenza A(H1N1).

Cainta Mayor Mon Ilagan said five of the pupils had undergone swab tests, which were submitted to the Research Institute for Tropical Medicine for further testing. In the meantime, classes were suspended in the school in order to curb the possible spread of the illness.

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 in a phone interview.

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 said he would ask the local council for the release of P5 million from the town's calamity fund for the administering of free flu shots to residents.

Ilagan said there had been only one documented case of H1N1 case in the town, a student at a private school in Mandaluyong City who lives in Greenland Executive Village.

?But we have not established if there was any contact between this student and anyone from Karangalan,? he said.



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