Monday, June 22, 2009

KL primary school closed temporarily due to A(H1N1)

KUALA LUMPUR, June 21 — Sekolah Rendah Jenis Kebangsaan (SRJK) Cina Jalan Davidson is the first school to be temporarily closed due to Influenza A(H1N1) after a third pupil from the school was confirmed as H1N1 positive.

Health Minister Datuk Seri Liow Tiong Lai said the school will remain closed from June 19 to June 26 as a preventive measure to avoid more pupils from being infected by the disease.

He added that 2,100 students, teachers and staff from the school are required to remain at home and avoid mixing around in public, throughout the school closure.

Yesterday, an 11-year-old girl, a Year Five pupil from the school, who had returned from a holiday in Melbourne with her family, became the first confirmed case in the school but when her classmate was confirmed as positive this morning, it was decided to close the school temporarily, he said.

“I received information at about 2.30pm that this school had confirmed another Influenza A(H1N1) case, the third in the school, bringing the number of confirmed cases in the country to 50,” he told reporters after visiting the school here today.

Liow said the Year Five pupil of 5(I) class, was from the same class as two others infected earlier and is the second local transmission case in the school while the other was termed an “imported” case.

He added that both the girls who were confirmed positive were seated beside the girl who had returned from Melbourne.

“We will be monitoring the school very closely together with the teachers and Parents Teachers Association and I hope the students involved are not to be blamed by the media or public.

“Those who are quarantined should not even go for tuition or visit public areas or attend functions. The should also reduce interaction with those who are not quarantined. They should not break the quarantine rules as action can be taken against them, including a RM10,000 fine or jail or both,” he said.

“Don’t break the rules and don’t force the government to use the act to charge anyone.” – Bernama


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