Schools close as 67 confirmed with H1N1 virus

APIA: 28 July 2009 – Sixty seven people have been confirmed with the swine flu virus in Samoa, however the figure is much higher according to Dr Stanley of the Health Service.

A record number of close to four hundred people were tested and treated for flu like symptoms at the National hospital over the weekend.

Dr Stanley Dean compares the speed at which the virus is now spreading to the fatal Spanish influenza epidemic of 1918 where 22 percent of the Samoan population lost their lives.

The Ministry is now concentrating on treatment and is asking for the public’s support to come at a convenient time for testing and to stay home and away from public places where the virus is likely to spread quickly.

All the schools have been closed for the whole of this week as a measure to help stop the spread of the disease.

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