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Ateneo confirms 3 students with A(H1N1) virus

Classes in GS and HS suspended

By Abigail Kwok
INQUIRER.net
First Posted 20:50:00 06/09/2009

Filed Under: Swine Flu, Health, Education

MANILA, Philippines ? Classes in the Ateneo de Manila High School have been suspended for 10 days following the confirmation that three of its students were infected with the A(H1N1) flu virus.

In a statement posted on the Ateneo website, the school, however, said that the infections were "mild" and that the students were "in fact already feeling better."

The school said it received confirmation that three of its students were suffering from the deadly flu virus through its Principal Father Raymund-Benedict Hizon, S.J., at 4:30 p.m. on June 9.

"The three infected boys...were advised to rest at home and continue with their self-quarantine, with no need for hospitalization," Hizon said.

Nevertheless, the school is taking precautionary measures and said classes would resume on June 22.

"The suspension of classes is a necessary measure prescribed by the Department of Health (DOH) to prevent more members of the community from being infected. Everyone is advised to stay home and avoid heavy social contact for the duration of the suspension of classes," the university said.

Ateneo also suspended classes in the grade school level June 10 and 11 as a precautionary measure.

"Background information has been obtained and it was established that the high school students have no siblings in the Ateneo Grade School," the school said.

Grade school students have been advised to wait for further announcements from the school management.

Ateneo has advised any of its students and staff who have flu-like symptoms to call its hotline at (02)426-5930 during office hours or call/text 0918-9144633 for instructions on how to proceed.

The designated referral center closest to the Ateneo de Manila is the Lung Center of the Philippines at Quezon Avenue (924-6101 & 924-0707). The research Institute for Tropical Medicine (809-7599) and the San Lazaro Hospital (732-3776 to 78) are also referral centers.



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