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No classes in Calapan City over flu spread


Philippine Daily Inquirer
First Posted 22:14:00 07/23/2009

Filed Under: Education, Swine Flu

CLASSES were suspended in the entire city of Calapan, Mindoro Oriental, as authorities expressed alarm at the rapid spread of the A(H1N1) virus that was taking more and more children in the city ill every day, according to the city mayor.

Mayor Paulino Salvador Leachon said the suspension was cleared by the Department of Education.

He said parents were advised to ?strictly compel their children to stay at home for self-quarantine.?

Ten confirmed flu cases were reported in the city.

On Monday, the city council declared a state of calamity as a result of the outbreak.

Doctor Nestor Santiago Jr., Bicol health director, said there were now 10 flu cases in Albay and 18 in Camarines Sur.

The spread of the virus continued elsewhere, infecting at least five students of the Central Luzon State University (CLSU) in the Science City of Muñoz, Nueva Ecija.

Elizabeth Suba, CLSU dean of student affairs, said one of the 988 students with flu symptoms died on Monday but officials could not confirm if the death was caused by the virus.

She said the student was taken to a hospital in Cabanatuan City but fell into a coma on Sunday and died on Monday.

Suba said doctors recommended an autopsy to determine the cause of death but the student?s family had refused it.

In Cebu, the Department of Health Central Visayas office said inmates of the Mandaue City jail were infected with A(H1N1).

Doctor Cora-Lou Kintanar, spokesman of the DoH Pandemic Influenza Incident Command, said although six inmates were confirmed with the virus, there was no cause for alarm.

Superintendent Simeon Dolojo Jr., Mandaue City jail warden, said an inmate died on Friday not because of A(H1N1) but because of cardiac arrest. Madonna T. Virola and Ephraim Aguilar, Inquirer Southern Luzon; Anselmo Roque, Inquirer Central Luzon and Jhunnex Napallacan, Inquirer Visayas



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