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Five UK schools close due to swine flu

5th May 2009

Five schools in the UK have been closed due to swine flu as the total number of cases in the country rises to 27.

The Dolphin School in Battersea, south London, has been shut after two of its pupils contracted the virus. The two students are siblings and were in close contact with a previous case, confirmed the Health Protection Agency (HPA).

Alleyn’s School and South Hampstead High School, also in London, Downend School in South Gloucestershire and Paignton Community and Sports College in Devon have also been closed.

The Alleyn School announced it will be closed for seven days after five year seven pupils were taken ill last week.

One of the pupils had recently visited the US during the Easter break and had already been diagnosed with swine flu. As a precaution all 1,200 pupils at the school have been prescribed the Tamiflu anti-viral medication.

In addition to the seven school children, the HPA confirmed two new adult cases from London and the West Midlands – both of whom had recently returned from Mexico.

The Department of Health today sent advice on how to tackle the virus to households across the country in a bid to stem its spread, while around 300 suspected cases of swine flu continue to be investigated.

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