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Saudi school closed due to swine flu outbreak
The Ministry of Education temporarily closed down a school in Riyadh after it reported 20 new swine flu cases among its students.
July 14, 2009 8:38 by Dana El Baltaji
A spokesman from one of the Philippine schools (who didn’t want the school identified in this report) said his school takes extraordinary precautions to keep swine flu out. “We have requested the students who return from their vacation in the Philippines to stay home for a period of seven days,” he said.
The 20 flu cases at the school, plus the additional 12 cases identified since Sunday, bring the total count of Saudi swine flu cases to 216. The new cases include five Saudis – two men and three women – and seven foreign residents: four women and three men.
The Ministry of Health has intensified its awareness program against swine flu throughout the Kingdom by sending SMS text messages to mobile phone users.
“In the wake of the increasing incidence of swine flu, we have embarked on an intensive campaign to educate the masses on the preventive measures that should be taken to fight the disease,” Al Mirghalani said.
First seen in Arab News.
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