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Swine flu cases close schools

PUBLISHED: 17:43 20 May 2009 | UPDATED: 16:43 25 August 2010

A private school and nursery has closed after pupils were diagnosed with swine flu.

A private school and nursery has closed after pupils were diagnosed with swine flu.

A Bromley pupil at Dulwich's fee-paying James Allen's Preparatory School (JAPS) was diagnosed with the H1N1 virus last Sunday leading to the middle school closing for a week on Tuesday.

Blackheath Nursery and Preparatory School in St German's Place, Greenwich closed last Wednesday when it emerged that four pupils caught the virus.

At the time of going to press, the school had the all-clear to re-open yesterday morning.

A Health Protection Agency spokesperson said: "The school closed on our advice because it was concerned it had one case of swine flu.The children were showing the usual flu symptoms. If other schools have concerns where it looks like someone has flu symptoms, if it is necessary to close schools to control the spread, we will do that."

A traveller returning to his home in Greenwich was also diagnosed with the virus last Sunday. This is in addition to two people from Greenwich confirmed as having the virus early last week, bringing the total London cases to 61.

The World Health Organisation reported that it had affected 107 Britons yesterday.

If you think you are suffering symptoms of swine flu, it is advised to avoid seeing your GP and phone NHS Direct on 0845 46 47. For information visit www.nhs.uk.

jules.cooper@archant.co.uk

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