Schools hit by Swine Flu outbreak
PUBLISHED: 16:34 08 July 2009 | UPDATED: 10:49 23 August 2010
PUPILS at two grammar schools have contracted swine flu and six children at a primary school have also undergone tests. The outbreaks in Dartford and tests on pupils in Meopham were revealed as the killer bug continued to spread across the county. Two p
PUPILS at two grammar schools have contracted swine flu and six children at a primary school have also undergone tests.
The outbreaks in Dartford and tests on pupils in Meopham were revealed as the killer bug continued to spread across the county.
Two pupils in year eight and year nine at Dartford Grammar School for Girls in West Hill, Dartford were diagnosed with the H1N1 virus, it was confirmed last week.
The girls, whose identities have not been disclosed, were sent home to recover, but the school is open and running as normal.
On Friday one pupil at Dartford Grammar School for Boys tested positive for the virus that has caused the World Health Organisation to put the world on its highest alert.
Six children at Meopham Community Primary School, in Longfield Road, Meopham, became ill after a school trip to Surrey, where they came into contact with children who later tested positive for the virus.
But luckily, since they returned from the trip all of the pupils have tested negative for swine flu.
Headteacher Martin Clinton said: "We took the kids to an outdoor adventure centre and afterwards we found out that pupils from the other schools on the trip had contracted swine flu.
"When six of our pupils came down ill we were obviously concerned it was swine flu and sent them straight home, but we were advised not to shut the school down.
"We took it very seriously, but are very pleased that the tests have come back negative."
As we went to press, there were 24 confirmed cases of swine flu in the west Kent area, and a total of 84 across the county.
Health chiefs have warned that the number of cases could soar to 100,000 a day in Britain by the end of next month.
A letter has also been sent home to parents whose pupils attended Northfleet Technology College, in Colyer Road, Northfleet, saying a primary school pupil visiting last week had also tested positive.
The letter read: "It has been reported to the school that a primary school child who visited last Friday for the new intake day has been confirmed with Swine Flu.
"There is no evidence of risk to current school pupils."
Letters were also sent home to parents whose children attend Swanley Technology College on Monday night saying a parent of a pupil at the school had tested positive.
Eight students from the private Sevenoaks School have been confined to hospital in north-east Romania with swine flu.
They were on an exchange trip programme working with disabled children in the city of Iasi when they contracted the superbug.
For more information call the swine flu information line on 0800 1513 513, NHS Direct on 0845 4647 or call your GP.
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