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    Flu rapidly spreading among students in S. Korea

    2016/12/20 15:16

    SEJONG, Dec. 20 (Yonhap) -- The number of primary and secondary school students with the influenza virus has reached an all-time high, health authorities said Tuesday, while the country's education ministry is instructing schools to consider starting winter vacation earlier than scheduled in an effort to stop the spread of the contagious yet not deadly virus.

    The number of flu patients from elementary, middle and high schools per 1,000 came to 152.2 from Dec. 11-17, according to the Korea Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (KCDC). The ratio is the highest since the KCDC adopted an influenza monitoring system in 1997.

    An epidemic watch is declared when the ratio surpasses 8.9 out of 1,000 people, the authorities said.

    "The total number of flu patients also reached 61.4 per 1,000 people," said Jeong Ki-Seok, the KCDC chief.
    "Safety and security don't just happen, they are the result of collective consensus and public investment. We owe our children, the most vulnerable citizens in our society, a life free of violence and fear."
    -Nelson Mandela