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Further swine flu cases at school

A further six cases of swine flu have been confirmed at a primary school in Sheffield after a pupil tested positive for the disease.

Lydgate Junior School announced on Friday that it would be closed next week following the pupil's diagnosis.

NHS Sheffield said six more people had tested positive and 11 others who had displayed flu-like symptoms had been given anti-viral treatment.

All pupils and staff members are being given medication as a precaution.

The school will be closed from Monday to Friday on the advice of the Health Protection Agency (HPA).

Other schools

A spokeswoman for NHS Sheffield said three-quarters of parents of pupils at the school had been to collect anti-viral drugs to treat their children.

She said the school would be open again between 0900 BST and 1100 BST on Monday for any outstanding parents.

Paul Redgrave, NHS Sheffield's deputy director of public health, said the nearby Lydgate Infant School would remain open.

He added: "Obviously we'll be watching the situation very closely not only on the infant school which is connected but on a separate site, but obviously there are two large secondary schools on a very close by campus."

Councillor Andrew Sagar said: "We are working closely with the school and the Health Protection Agency and are taking advice on what we should do.

"It is appropriate that the school is closed in this situation as the health and safety of all pupils is paramount.

"It is hoped this situation will be over soon and that pupils' education will not be too disrupted."



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