Swine flu: 800 children are kept home from school

25/05/2018 Posted by admin

SWINE flu concerns kept up to 800 children out of Tasmania’s 207 primary and secondary schools yesterday as the number of cases in Tasmania rose to 32. Corporate Services deputy secretary Greg Glass said absenteeism during winter for state schools usually ran about 7 per cent. Yesterday, the number statewide was in the hundreds or up to 10 per cent, he said. The strong level of co- operation from parents and teachers would help keep swine flu out of schools, he said. Only a handful of children had to be sent home from school on the first day of term two yesterday. “Most parents have done the right thing and kept kids (with flu symptoms) at home,” Mr Glass said. Meanwhile, the number of active cases in Tasmania rose by six overnight, with one new case in the North and five in the North-West. It brings the total number of people in the State who have contracted swine flu to 32 – with 22 people still infected. The mild nature of the virus would determine whether Tasmanian schools would be closed if swine flu escalated, acting Public Health Director Chrissie Pickin said. Interstate, one case is enough to close a school. “This is a mild illness for most – we don’t take the decision to close a school lightly,” Dr Pickin said. Dr Pickin said a child care centre worker in the North- West did not have swine flu. The spike in new cases on Sunday and yesterday was expected, she said. “We have been preparing for this. We expect the numbers to rise significantly over the next few weeks,” she said. Keeping the infection out of schools might lead to new infections being stabilised at seven to 10 a day. “If it gets into schools we anticipate that it may increase very quickly,” she said. “We now have to identify the small percentage of people who may be at greatest risk – pregnant women, the over-65s and under two years.”FACT FILE Active cases of swine flu: North-West 18. North 8. South 5. Interstate 1.
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