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Wednesday, 20th May 2009
In General Japan News,

Schools shut in swine flu prevention measures

More than 4,000 educational institutions in Japan have been shut as a result of swine flu, new reports state.

The number of schools closed represents nearly eight per cent of the total number of schools in the country, Bloomberg reports.

A total of 4,464 schools, ranging from kindergartens to tertiary institutions, have now been shut as a result of swine flu.

Gregory Hartl, spokesperson for the World Health Organisation, told Bloomberg a close eye is being kept on the spread of the disease in Japan.

There have now been more than 250 confirmed cases of swine flu in the country, with infections concentrated in the western prefectures.

Most of those affected were young people aged between ten and 19.

The latest case was confirmed as a 16-year-old student in Tokyo who tested positive for the H1N1 virus after returning from a trip to New York.

She is believed to be recovering well in Hachioji.

Written by Mark Smith
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