Qatari school shuts down after three students diagnosed with swine flu
A Qatari public girls’ school in Doha was forced to close for the day after three girls from the same family were diagnosed with the H1N1 flu virus, according to online news website Doha News.
In a statement released in Arabic, Qatar’s Supreme Council of Health (SCH) confirmed that three female students, sisters who were seated in different classes at the school, had the H1N1 Influenza A virus on Monday.
The school took the decision to close down for the day on Tuesday and without the consultation of the country’s Supreme Council of Health as it deems the flu “seasonal.”
“In such a situation, it is not recommended to close the school because the type of flu virus, as defined by the World Health Organization, is seasonal. It should be sufficient to isolate those infected until their symptoms subside, clean surfaces with household disinfectant and vaccinate,” the statement read.
The three unnamed pupils were reportedly students of Omama bint Hamzah Independent Primary School for Girls, according to a tweet by Qatar’s Education Minister Dr. Mohamed Al Hammadi.
H1N1 is widely known as the “swine flu” and is a contagious influenza virus that spreads from person to person through coughing or sneezing.