No flu outbreak at Lighthouse School

| 23/09/2009

(CNS): Public health officials say they have determined that there is no flu outbreak at the Lighthouse School. Following investigations after seven staff members called in sick yesterday (Tuesday, 22 September), it was determined that only two of them had upper respiratory illnesses with fever. “Based on our individual consultations with sick staff members, we can confirm that there is no flu outbreak amongst the school’s staff,” Medical Officer of Health Dr Kiran Kumar said in a release.“Of those assessed, only two had upper respiratory illnesses with fever,” Dr Kumar explained. 

One has already recovered and one was treated and remains on sick leave, he said and reminded the public that the following symptoms are flu hallmarks: Fever (above 100 degrees Fahrenheit) with a cough or sore throat.

Although there is no outbreak, Dr Kumar further cautioned that the flu virus is around and parents should continue to take precautions, especially those who have children who fall into high risk groups. “If your child develops flu-like symptoms, please call the Health Services’ flu hotline for advice,” he said.

Education Chief Officer Mary Rodrigues said she was relieved to hear that the seriousness of the situation has diminished considerably: “Of course the flu season is far from over, and I thank Public Health and the Ministry of Health for their quick and effective response.”

For more information on H1N1 visit or The Health Services Authority also offers the public direct responses to their flu queries through its flu email and message system – This complements the 24-hour flu hotline (926-2812) manned by HSA staff.

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  1. Anonymous says:


    Playing hookey!!!