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Swine flu confirmed at Cardiff independent school

Health officials are investigating a number of cases of flu including that of swine flu at an independent school in Cardiff.

Public Health Wales says that laboratory testing on a sample of cases associated with Llandaff Cathedral School Cardiff confirm that Influenza A (H1N1), also known as swine flu, is circulating in the school.

A spokesperson said that over 120 cases of sickness absence have been recorded in the school in the last two weeks, not all of which are associated with influenza like illness.

Symptoms can include cough, sore throat, headache, muscle aches and pains, fatigue and an upset stomach.

Dr Gwen Lowe, Consultant in Communicable Disease Control for Public Health Wales urged parents at the 650 pupil school to keep their children home if they had any flu-like symptoms:

“In order to prevent further spread of this illness parents should not send their children to school if symptomatic, and keep them away until recovered.

“Symptomatic individuals should also be excluded from school attendance for any other events including cathedral services, concerts and other performances.”

Of a sample of six tested at the school, three were confirmed as having the H1N1 – or swine flu – virus. However, health officials stressed there was no need to panic.

“The majority of individuals recover following influenza with no problems. However, occasionally severe illness may occur, especially in some vulnerable groups such as pregnant women and those with chronic diseases.

“Vaccines are the simplest and safest way of protecting people from seasonal flu and its complications. Therefore, I would encourage everyone who is eligible for the flu jab to have it.” added Dr. Lowe.

Public Health Wales will continue to work with the school to monitor the situation.

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