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Wednesday, October 27, 2010

Swine flu hits Namibia

Via The Namibian :

" TESTS have confirmed that the H1N1 flu virus was responsible for the closure of the School for the Visually Impaired in Windhoek on Monday, after 65 children and four teachers fell ill during the past five days.

By late yesterday afternoon, official confirmation of the test results could not be given by the Ministry of Health and Social services. However, reliable sources did confirm that the test results came back positive for the H1N1 virus.

The School for the Visually Impaired on Monday confirmed that 65 children and four teachers had taken ill since last Thursday. In addition, two neighbouring schools sent pupils to hospital for tests. By late yesterday afternoon, the exact number of pupils and teachers who have confirmed H1N1 infections could not yet be confirmed.

A health official could confirm that all three schools were under close supervision and everyone needing treatment was receiving it. Today, ministry and health officials will hold a meeting to discuss an action plan. A well-placed health official said everything was under control."

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