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Confirmed flu case closes school


Girl tests positive for swine flu

Year seven pupils from a school in South Gloucestershire have been given anti-viral drugs after a confirmed case of swine flu in a 12-year-old girl.

Some pupils at Downend school have been seen wearing face masks at the school and others have been given Tamiflu as a precautionary measure.

A letter has been sent to parents with the symptoms and parents to contact their GP if exhibiting symptoms.

The girl tested positive for virus A H1N1, also known as swine flu.

'Precautionary measure'

She is being treated at home and her condition is described as "well".

In a statement South Gloucestershire Council said on the advice of the Health Protection Agency (HPA), the school would be closed for a week as a precautionary measure.

"The pupil concerned has recently returned from Mexico and her symptoms so far are mild. Precautionary steps have been taken to minimise the risk to pupils and staff, whose welfare is paramount.

"Antiviral drugs were issued to year seven students this afternoon [Friday] to reduce any possible spread of infection. The drugs will also be offered to teaching staff and pupils from other year groups who have had contact with the affected pupil.

"All involved have also been advised to contact their family doctor if they develop 'flu like symptoms within the next week and to stay at home. Expert advice suggests that no-one else in any other groups at the school needs to be treated."

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