27 Japanese children struck with swine flu in Germany

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The school, which has around 560 pupils, has been closed since Tuesday.

Berlin -- Twenty-seven children from a Japanese school in the western German city of Düsseldorf have tested positive for swine flu, local officials said on Thursday.

The first case was discovered on Monday at the school, said a statement from the Düsseldorf municipality, adding that 26 other children from a different class were diagnosed on Wednesday with the virus.

"The Japanese families affected are under quarantine at home," the statement said.

The school, which has around 560 pupils, has been closed since Tuesday.

Four American soldiers also tested positive for swine flu in the Landstuhl medical centre in western Germany, bringing the number of cases at the centre up to six, a US military statement said.

Since the A(H1N1) virus was first discovered in the United States and Mexico in April, 74 countries have reported more than 27,000 cases including 141 deaths, according to figures from the World Health Organisation (WHO).

The WHO held an emergency meeting of its top scientific experts on Thursday to decide whether to declare a swine flu pandemic.

AFP/Expatica

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