Influenza A: SK Stella Maris to close for seven days


KOTA KINABALU – The Sekolah Kebangsaan (SK) Stella Maris in Tanjung Aru here has been ordered to close for seven days, beginning today, after seven of its students were tested positive for Influenza A or H1N1 virus.

Sabah Health and People’s Wellbeing Minister Datuk Frankie Poon Ming Fung said the students were tested positive for Influenza A or H1N1.

He said all of them were receiving treatment at private hospitals and clinics around Kota Kinabalu and reported to be in stable condition.

“The decision to close SK Stella Maris was made by the Kota Kinabalu Heallth Office due to the spread of the Influenza A clusters,” he said in a statement here today.

He also advised parents not to send their sick children to school to prevent the spread of the disease.

He said, despite the increase in number, it was still under control and the Sabah Health Department will regularly monitor influenza activity throughout the year and to detect any unusual changes in the influenza virus.