Swine flu has struck biloela with boy sick

IT seemed inevitable, and Human Swine Influenza has hit Biloela.

Redeemer Lutheran Primary School Principal Jenni Krenske has confirmed one student was formally diagnosed with swine flu and Influenza A.

“He attended school one day after the school holidays, became sick that night and was taken to a doctor the next day, tested and remained away from school for seven days as required,” Mrs Krenske said.

“His family notified me of the test immediately and also stayed in isolation. I had been keeping up to date with the recommendations for schools from the Health Department but again checked what was required, exclusion of student was recommended as well as encouraging good hygiene practices.”

She said closure of the school was not required and staff was asked again to promote and actively reinforce good hygiene practices.

“We have been working consistently with students throughout term two on positive hygiene practices to reduce the spread of flu and colds as we do each year.”

Mrs Krenske said as soon as diagnosis (which took six days) was received she informed parents and emphasised that students with flu symptoms should remain at home for at least for five days.

“As the majority of patients are no longer being tested it is likely that many students throughout the Biloela Community and Schools have had swine flu,” she said.

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