Swine Flu Outbreak in W12

Children in two local schools affected

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Three children in the White City area have tested positive for swine flu, the Health Protection Agency (HPA) has confirmed.

The HPA says two pupils who attend Bentworth Primary School in Bentworth Road have tested positive and are recovering well at home. Classmates and teachers of one child who had been unwell while at school were provided with Tamiflu and the HPA has advised that the school can stay open.

An additional case has been confirmed in a child who attends Canberra Primary School in Australia Road. The HPA has advised that, as this child was not in school while infectious, the school should not close and no Tamiflu distribution is needed.

When the first positive case at Benworth school was confirmed on Monday evening (June 15), the school and the HPA sent a letter to all parents the following morning. At Canberra school, confirmation was received on Wednesday afternoon (17 June) and a letter went home to every parent the same day.

According to the Council, the two children at Bentworth have had only mild illness and are recovering quickly. They say health agencies were able to quickly supply Tamiflu to all the children who might have come into contact with the infection.

The authorities advise that if your child becomes unwell with flu-like symptoms (including high temperature and any two of the following symptoms: cough, runny nose, sore throat, headache, joint/limb pains, diarrhoea or vomiting) you should ensure that they stay at home and that you contact your GP as soon as possible for a telephone assessment to determine whether they require investigation or treatment for swine flu.

June 17, 2009