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Third school closed in Bahrain for swine flu case

A 10-year-old pupil diagnosed with H1N1, school closed until after Eid break.

Bahrain’s Ministry of Education has closed down the third school in two days after a pupil was diagnosed with swine flu.

The 10-year-old boy from Al Noor International School, in Sitra, has a mild case of the H1N1 virus and is being kept at home, the Gulf Daily News reported.

The school will be shut for seven days, reopening after the Eid break on September 27, following a rule announced earlier this week.

Schools will be closed for a week if any pupil or staff member is diagnosed with swine flu, or if at least 10 percent have common flu symptoms, officials said.

"We have been extremely proactive in checking all our students and staff since we reopened, in keeping with the directives of the Health and Education ministries," a school spokesman told the paper.

"Less than 10 students have so far been detected with high fever and all of them have been temporarily isolated and their parents summoned."

Two other private schools – Naseem International School in Riffa and the French School in Busaiteen – were closed on Tuesday after pupils tested positive for swine flu, the paper reported.

Two pupils were from the Naseem International School and one was from the French School. All cases were said to be “mild”.

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Irritated Parent 11 years ago

My 2 year old daughter has already had a confirmed bout of swine flu (thankfully mild) and I must admit that the response from the hospital and health authorities (particularly the isolation unit and the Dept of Communicable Diseases at the Ministry of Health) was very impressive. However, I genuinely think that the Ministries of education and Health are overreacting in their treatment of schools. My daughter's school will be force to close for 7 days if 5% of children from ages 2-5 "is showing symptom of seasonal flu or general illness" (i.e. 4 children) or if there is a single case of swine flu. this is on top of the month long postponement to the start of term that has already been unilaterally imposed. This is ridiculous, particularly as the swine flu here in Bahrain has generally been mild (they no longer require you to visit the isolation hospital). If children have a day off school for *any* reason, we are being forced to get a doctor's certificate - this is going to place an unreasonable burden on a healthcare system that is hard pushed at the best of times. Yes swine flu is virulent, but it is less deadly than a 100 other diseases that routinely strike people on our island. Given that we are not reliant on a public transport system, it is very easy to avoid infection if you are vigilant with personal hygiene and keep some hand sanitizer on you at all times.

Meri 11 years ago

I believe it is important to take the necessary forward actions. True swine flu is 'not that' virulent, the only difference being if it really spreads out, it becomes 'very virulent'. This flu should be checked & we should be doing what needs to be done+.

AJM 11 years ago

Why only schools and not mosques? Are thy trying to fool us?!!!

Meri 11 years ago

Dear AJM, The answer to your question can be a quite lengthy one but let me make it brief. From my point of view, when it comes to mosque it relates to spirituality & faith. May be some people believe that a strong faith will prevent them from acquiring swine flu...the issue of applying the ban to mosque pertains to spiritual freedom & becomes very sensible to handle. I guess the decision in this case should be personal.

rabia 10 years ago

why schools and not malls or cinemas?