German school announces closure due to swine flu

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The eight pupils, including three American exchange students, who tested positive for swine flu are now in quarantine.

Berlin -- Officials have ordered the weeklong closure of a high school in Berlin after eight pupils including three US exchange students tested positive for swine flu, the school authorities said on Monday.

"This is considered necessary to prevent a further outbreak in the school," head teacher Wolfgang von Schwedler told parents in a letter published on the website of the Alexander-von-Humboldt school, which has around 660 pupils.

Berlin health authorities said in a statement that the eight confirmed cases "all had light symptoms are were treated with Tamiflu. They are in quarantine at home. We must assume there will be more positive case."

Among the eight pupils to fall ill were three exchange students from Texas in the United States, said Marie-Luise Dittmar from Berlin's health authority.

According to the Robert Koch Institute, there have been 505 swine flu cases in Germany since the disease first broke out.

Worldwide, some 89,921 people in 125 countries and territories have caught swine flu, with 382 having died since the outbreak was uncovered in April, World Health Organisation data released Friday showed.


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