Tasmania: Flu epidemic

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Tasmania: Flu epidemic

Post  cottontop on Thu Aug 28, 2008 5:38 am

Flu outbreak: 291 off school

Several primary school students and a teacher in Tasmania have been hospitalised by a flu outbreak that has affected almost 300 children and staff from the one school. The Lauderdale Primary School near Hobart is dealing with a suspected Influenza A epidemic with 271 students and 20 staff off sick today - almost half the school's population.
"Most alarmingly it seems to be affecting young children's breathing and several children have been hospitalised, usually overnight, over the last week, as a precaution," Mr Woods said. "We did have a staff member admitted to hospital for a couple of nights as well but she's home now.
Mr Woods said symptoms of the virus which started spreading at the school 10 days ago included vomiting, diarrhoea, aches and pains, and headaches. Health authorities have decided against closing the school unless the situation deteriorates.


More info on this outbreak of flu:
He said an average of 80 out of the 590 students were away each day last week, but the epidemic has worsened in more recent days. Today 270 students, 11 teachers and 5 support staff are off sick. Mr Woods said the symptoms are vomiting, diarrhoea, severe upper body aches and difficulty breathing.


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