Arab News –  Six elementary school students have been isolated on suspicion of having swine flu, said officials at King Fahd Bridge Elementary School in Alkhobar.
The Department of Health Affairs in the Eastern Province sent a medical team to transfer the students to a local hospital for necessary tests and treatment.
School director Nasser Al-Maymouni refrained from providing any details about the issue, asking the media to contact the public relations wing of the education department. The director of education in the province, Abdulrahman Al-Maderes, has asked medical teams to investigate the condition of the students. “If it is confirmed that the students have swine flu, the department of education will take necessary precautionary measures,” said Al-Maderes.
“Any action by the school will be in coordination with the General Directorate of Health Affairs in the region,” he added, noting that coordination is ongoing to overcome the spread of infectious diseases and deal appropriately with infected cases.
Two Saudi women died of swine flu in southern Jazan Province this month. One of the victims was a 16-year-old inmate of a Ministry of Social Affairs rehabilitation center in Jazan. The teenager was moved to Jazan General Hospital last week with two other women infected with the virus. She died on Nov. 10.
The other victim, a woman in her twenties, was infected with swine flu a month ago. Members of her family said that she had difficulty breathing, a high temperature, and other complications. She died while in hospital.
She was from Dhabia village in Sabiya governorate, to the north of Jazan. The hospital handed her body over to her family for prayers and burial at the village cemetery. There was a major outbreak of swine flu in 2009 across the world, which also affected the Kingdom, with over 15,000 cases and more than 100 deaths reported in that year.
Symptoms of the 2009 swine flu pandemic in humans were similar to those of seasonal influenza and influenza-like illness in general. They included fever, cough, sore throat, body aches, headache, chills and fatigue.
However, the 2009 outbreak showed an increased percentage of patients reporting diarrhea and vomiting.


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