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Swine flu in Goa: Students, teachers with cough and cold asked to go on a week's leave

The announcement has come as a precautionary measure against swine flu which has become a menace in the country.

Goa s educational authorities have asked all students, teachers and non-teaching staff to go on a week s leave if they detected any symptoms of cold or cough. The announcement has come as a precautionary measure against swine flu which has become a menace in the country.

Students, teachers and other employees working in schools/educational institutions are advised to stay at home for at least seven days if they are advised by the doctor to take anti-viral treatment and should isolate themselves at home, a directorate of education circular said. Read about the various precautions everyone should take in order to prevent swine flu.

The circular was issued on the basis of an advisory issued by the health authorities late on Monday.

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Our circular has been dispatched to every school in the state and a copy has also been sent to registered Parents and Teachers Associations (PTAs), a senior health department functionary told IANS.

Speaking to reporters on Tuesday, state Health Minister Francis D'Souza said that swine flu was under control in Goa and that the only known seven cases, where patients have been diagnosed as positive for swine flu, are being treated. Read about the swine flu signs and symptoms.

They are responding well to treatment. We had sent 60 samples for testing. We received 47 reports until Monday, in which only seven cases are positive, D'Souza said, adding that most of the patients were from Pune and had been visiting Goa.

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With inputs from IANS


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