Swine Flu in Doon School, 5 Students Infected The H1N1 virus has struck once again and this time, five students of the famous Doon school have been infected.
Out of the ten swab samples sent to NICD (National Institute of Communicable Diseases) five tested positive in the report sent on 8th September. The Dean of the school for public relations, Mr. Piyush Malviya, mentioned that four of the boys were recovering in their homes, where they had been sent, once the report was confirmed, and one boy was recovering in the school itself where he had been quarantined. Malviya went further to say that the school had taken all the measures required in such a situation, as advised by the Uttarakhand health authorities.
All students with symptoms of flu, however mild, have all been quarantined in a large capacity ward, with added medical personnel. Parents of all students are kept updated on the latest situation and the school has started to curtail activities which require the students gathering in one place like assemblies, classes and so on, and also stopped all events taking place outside the school premises. Malviya also mentioned that authorities were not in favour of a complete shut down of all activities in the school.
The Government of India has classified people with serious symptoms under Category C, and only such students are being tested and the Tamiflu drug is being administered in a judicious manner, as it is known to have side effects in many patients. Dr Peter Mclaughin, who is the school Headmaster, said that the school had been working with the medical authorities of the state of Uttarakhand, from the very beginning, and the school had taken immediate quarantine precautions with all the boys with flu symptoms, when the first boy had tested positive.