31 Jul 2009

School in Samoa to close for another week, swine flu cases reach 80

5:31 pm on 31 July 2009

Samoa's Ministry of Health has ordered further closures of all schools in the country for another week after swine flu has increased by 13 cases to 80.

The ministry says the transmission of the H1N1 influenza in the country is high in the relatively young age group of five to 14 years old.

It says the disease is now transmitted locally and the real number could be much higher as not all suspected cases can be realistically tested.

It's expected that schools will remain shut until August 7th.

The ministry is trying to reduce transmission rates, and to provide priority treatment to vulnerable groups, such as pregnant women and the elderly.