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Bahrain school closed after girl tests positive for swine flu

Classes were suspended at a private school on Thursday after concerns that around 900 students could be in danger of catching the potentially deadly swine flu disease after a 12-year-old girl tested positive.

  • By Habib Toumi, Bureau Chief
  • Published: 17:46 July 30, 2009
  • Gulf News

Manama: Classes were suspended at a private school on Thursday after concerns that around 900 students could be in danger of catching the potentially deadly swine flu disease after a 12-year-old girl tested positive.

The school, which started the academic year last month, will remain closed for one week starting Thursday, the health authorities said at an impromptu press conference in Manama.

The infected student has just come to Bahrain from her home country, the authorities added.

The decision to close the school was taken among worries that further cases could be reported.

Most private schools whose students are mainly foreigners now outside Bahrain will open in the last week of August. Government schools will start receiving students following Eid Al Fitr, the feast that follows Ramadan, on September 22.

Bahrain on Wednesday confirmed seven new cases of swine flu, six Bahrainis and one Jordanian, taking the total number of cases in the kingdom to 90.

All were treated at a dedicated centre set up by the health ministry.

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