Suspected swine flu patient’s kids sent home from school

June 16th, 2009 - 9:55 pm ICT by IANS  

Shimla, June 16 (IANS) The children of a 38-year-old man from Himachal Pradesh, who has been quarantined since Monday after authorities suspected he was suffering from swine flu, were not allowed to attend school Tuesday.
“My children - studying in nursery and class III - were not allowed to enter the school (DAV Public School near Chintpurni) this (Tuesday) morning by authorities on the plea that they too are suffering from swine flu,” Ashok Kumar of Ranni-di-Hatti village in Kangra district told IANS by phone.

Ashok Kumar, who returned from Bahrain Friday, was quarantined after he showed swine flu-like symptoms.

However, Kangra’s deputy Chief Medical Officer (CMO) G.R. Kaushal, who is examining Ashok Kumar, said the children were sent home as a precautionary measure.

“They have been sent home as precaution. There is no question of branding them as flu-affected,” he said.

Kumar and his six family members will been kept under surveillance for 10 days as a precaution, Kaushal said, adding a four-member medical team examined Ashok Kumar Tuesday again and did not find symptoms of H1N1 influenza.

School principal Krishan Kalia said: “The children were sent home on the request of parents of some of the students…They were sent back for a day as a precautionary measure.”

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