Newspaper article The Daily Mercury (Mackay, Australia)

{A SECOND SCHOOL IN SWINE FLU SHUTDOWN} {A Second School in Shutdown }

Newspaper article The Daily Mercury (Mackay, Australia)

{A SECOND SCHOOL IN SWINE FLU SHUTDOWN} {A Second School in Shutdown }

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Byline: Bianca Clare

A SECOND school has been closed and two more cases of swine flu in the Mackay district confirmed late last night.

St Anne's Catholic Primary School in Sarina will close after notification of a possible - but not confirmed - swine flu case.

The school will not re-open until Monday, June 22.

The two additional confirmed cases bring the total in the district to five.

The latest developments come as a dedicated swine flu clinic has been opened in the grounds of Mackay Base Hospital to deal with the increase in people presenting to the emergency department with flu-like symptoms.

St Francis Xavier Catholic Primary School informed parents on Sunday that all pupils were to stay away until Friday because of a probable case of swine flu with a Year 5 student.

Yesterday senior Queensland Health doctor Stephen Donoghue held a meeting with St Francis Xavier principal Mark Fox, the Catholic Education representatives and concerned parents. Information fact sheets were handed out to a crowd of about 100, explaining the situation.

Dr Donoghue said students in Year 5 were being treated as 'close contacts'.

"This means they should take a preventive dose of Tamiflu and present to the flu clinic for testing only if they feel sick," he said.

"They should remain in quarantine for seven days."

Parents of Year 5 students who attended the meeting were given Tamiflu to take home to their children.

Those who were unable to attend were asked to present to the clinic at Mackay Base Hospital.

Dr Donoghue said the rest of the school, including teachers, were classed as low-risk.

"They are being told to remain at home until the school is re-opened.

"This group should only be tested if they feel sick with flu-like symptoms.

"Their families are not grounded but are asked to practice flu hygiene, such as washing hands with soap or an alcohol-based gel. …

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