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Schools swine flu outbreak

PUBLISHED: 13:28 09 July 2009 | UPDATED: 11:14 12 August 2010

SWINE flu cases have struck at three schools in the borough. Parents at Beaverwood School for Girls, in Beaverwood Road, Chislehurst, were told that two pupils had come down with the virus last Friday. There has also been a confirmed case at Coopers Te

SWINE flu cases have struck at three schools in the borough.

Parents at Beaverwood School for Girls, in Beaverwood Road, Chislehurst, were told that two pupils had come down with the virus last Friday.

There has also been a confirmed case at Coopers Technology College, in Hawkwood Lane, also in Chislehurst.

A case is also suspected at the Priory School in Tintagel Road, Orpington.

The Health Protection Agency (HPA) is advising schools to remain open even if they have a confirmed case.

With the number of cases soaring, closing schools with an outbreak is not believed to stop the spread of the infection.

Preventative anti-viral drugs are not being given to all children and staff and the HPA has stopped counting the number of cases.

A nine-year-old girl, from South London, who also had underlying health problems, became the second child to die in the UK at the weekend after contacting the virus.

And last Friday a 19-year-old man who had the virus died at Lewisham University Hospital.

An NHS London spokesperson would not say which area of south London he was from, citing patient confidentiality.

Seven people in Britain have now died of the bug.

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