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Six Pupil Infections Confirmed So School Closed

A PRIMARY school in southern China's Guangdong Province was shut after six first-form pupils were diagnosed with swine flu on Friday, local government said yesterday.

Authorities gave no timetable for re-opening the Shipai Township Central Primary School in Dongguan City.

The three boys and three girls, aged from seven to eight and from the same class, developed fevers, coughs and sore throats on Wednesday and were confirmed as swine flu cases on Friday. They were in a stable condition as their illness was mild, doctors said.

The school has been disinfected and authorities are checking how the pupils were infected. Those who had close contact with them have been ordered to stay home for observation.

The students had not left Dongguan for 10 days before they caught the flu, and there were no earlier such cases in the city. Guangdong, however, had confirmed 80 swine flu cases by yesterday, the largest number among mainland regions.


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