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    home Influenza A (H1N1) Outbreak 16 June, 2010 - With hundreds of students in Samtse reporting sick with flu like symptoms since the beginning of this month, the 20 schools in the dzongkhag will shut down for two weeks, as a preventive measure against the spread of influenza A (H1N1).

    The two weeks will also be considered as their summer break, which starts today.

    Students will sit for their midterm examinations after the summer break, according to the dzongkhag education officer. The mid term examination will begin on July 1 and July 2. ?Most of the students, who were ill, haven?t recovered still,? said the education officer. Normal classes would resume right after the midterm examination.

    A teacher of Samtse lower secondary school said that the students will not be affected much with such changes. ?But if influenza A (H1N1) spreads fast, it would be a problem for schools and students alike,? he said.

    Three days after 339 students of Dorokha middle secondary school, who reported flu like symptoms, were treated, students of Chengmari lower secondary school also fell ill with similar symptoms.

    Dr PM Pradhan of Sibsoo hospital, who led a team to Chengmari LSS, said that about 156 students were examined and treated on June 13. ?We collected around seven samples that were sent to the public health laboratory in Thimphu,? said the doctor.

    Meanwhile, Samtse district hospital officials are still awaiting reports on the samples collected from students in Dorokha, while about 90 percent of the 190 students of Taba Dramtoe community primary school in Samtse that reported sick with flu like symptoms since June 2 are diagnosed with influenza A (H1N1), according to Samtse district hospital officials.

    By Kinga Dema