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H&FW guidelines on H1N1
Published on 19 Aug. 2009 12:38 AM IST
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With reports of swine flu cases among students and staff in certain schools, primarily in Delhi and Maharashtra, the state Directorate of Health & Family Welfare (H&FW) Tuesday issued guidelines for schools and colleges for managing cases of infection of Influenza A (H1N1). The guidelines framed by the Monitoring Group of the Ministry of Health and Family Welfare, has called for intensive surveillance wherein any student or staff member showing flu-like symptoms such as fever, cough, running nose and difficulty in breathing should be allowed to stay at home for a period of seven to ten days. As per the guidelines, the managements should not insist on production of medical certificate by the student or staff. It also called upon educational institutes to monitor the health status of such students or staff who might have come in contact with a suspected case of Influenza A (H1N1) to see whether they develop flue-like symptoms, and if so allowed to remain home, besides insisting on reporting such cases to local health officers for further monitoring. Though not recommending closure of educational institutes, given the mild magnitude of the spread of the infection, the guidelines urged schools to discourage excursions of students to affected states or countries.

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