17 Aug 2009

No closure of CNMI schools in sight over swine flu fears

1:17 pm on 17 August 2009

The Department of Public Health in the Northern Marianas is not recommending the closure of local schools unless there are sufficient grounds to declare an epidemic of the swine flu virus in a particular school.

The Acting Public Health Secretary Pete Untalan said this is based on the guidance from the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

The Health Department is also asking for the support of parents who are asked not to send their children to school if they are sick.

So far, there have been six confirmed cases of H1N1 infection on the islands, although the Health Department has estimated that about a hundred-plus are presumed to have contracted the virus.