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School shuts as swine flu cases increase

A SCHOOL in Castle Bromwich has temporarily closed as the region continues to bear the brunt of swine flu cases in the UK.

A SCHOOL in Castle Bromwich has temporarily closed as the region continues to bear the brunt of swine flu cases in the UK.

Firs Primary School in Dreghorn Road shut its doors on Monday (June 29) and is set to re-open on Monday July 6.

The Health Protection Agency normally advises schools to close as a precautionary measure where probable or confirmed cases of swine flu have occurred and when staff shortages mean there are not enough teachers available.

However schools can take the decision, usually through a lack of staff.

Stanville Primary School in Sheldon closed for one day on Monday (June 29). Neither schools would comment on the reasons.

The news came after a Birmingham schoolgirl became the third person in Britain to die from swine flu.

Sameerah Ahmad, aged six, died at Birmingham Children’s Hospital on Friday evening. An inquest heard yesterday (Tuesday) that Sameerah, who lived in Edgbaston with her parents, was born with a rare disease that left her unable to ward off infections. ,

Birmingham coroner Aiden Cotter said it was likely she had a ‘weakened immune system’.

The West Midlands has been declared a hotspot for the disease, with 2,104 confirmed cases so far, more than a third of the UK’s total and more than two-fifths of all the cases in England.

Yesterday 1,604 new cases were confirmed in England since Friday, taking the country’s total to 4,968 and the UK’s total so far to 5,937.

Anyyone who has recently travelled to the affected areas and is experiencing flu-like illness should stay at home to limit contact with others, and seek medical advice from a local health professional or by contacting NHS Direct on 0845 4647.

 

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