Friday, 27 November 2009

142 contract swine flu in single village

From The Citizen Daily, Dar es Salaam
By Frederick Katulanda, Mwanza

Panic has gripped Mwanza as 142 primary school pupils, teachers and villagers have tested positive to swine flu infection at Ilula village in Kwimba District in the region.

This is the only large sample to be infected at a go since the first case of the disease, that has killed at least one person in Manyara Region, was discovered earlier this year.

Ilula Primary School, where the disease reportedly first broke out before spreading into the surrounding village, has been closed indefinitely.

It has since been quarantined to prevent the spread of the virus to other areas, the Mwanza regional medical officer, Dr Meshack Massi, said yesterday.

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