Growing swine flu outbreak at Madrid schools

5th June 2009, Comments 0 comments

Thirty-five children have been diagnosed with the A(H1N1) virus in Spain.

Madrid – Spain on Thursday reported 11 new confirmed cases of swine flu at three schools in the Madrid region, bringing the total number of children affected to 35.

A total of 31 children at the Isaac Albeniz de Leganes secondary school in the suburban town of Leganes have been diagnosed with the A(H1N1) virus, while 62 others are under observation, the health ministry said.

Local authorities first reported two cases of swine flu at the school on Monday, a brother and sister. They said the girl had apparently picked up the disease on a visit to the United States and then infected her brother.

Three pupils at another school in Leganes, the Pio Baroja, are also confirmed with swine flu, the ministry said Thursday.

It reported on Tuesday that one child was also infected at the La Locomotora kindergarten in Madrid.

Spain was the first European country to confirm a case of the A(H1N1) virus, and the World Health Organisation said in its most recent bulletin on Wednesday there are 180 confirmed cases of the disease in the country.

The WHO said swine flu had infected 19,273 people in 66 countries since it was first reported last month in Mexico and the United States. It said 117 people have died of the virus.

AFP / Expatica

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