Swine flu confirmed at St Albans school

PUBLISHED: 11:21 22 June 2009 | UPDATED: 14:11 06 May 2010

A CASE of swine flu has been confirmed at a school in St Albans. A Year 11 pupil at St Columba s College in King Harry Lane contracted the infection while on public examination study leave and was diagnosed over the weekend. The Form Five boy is still in

A CASE of swine flu has been confirmed at a school in St Albans.

A Year 11 pupil at St Columba's College in King Harry Lane contracted the infection while on public examination study leave and was diagnosed over the weekend.

The Form Five boy is still in quarantine although head teacher David Buxton, confirmed that he had almost made a full recovery. It is not yet known how he caught the infection.

The victim, who had already taken most of his GCSEs, had minimal contact with the school and Mr Buxton said that parents, pupils and staff had no cause for concern.

He added: "I think people are resigned to the fact that swine flu cases are going to become more common and the atmosphere at the school is still quite calm. There's no need to panic and the Health Protection Agency has advised us to keep the school open."

A letter from Mr Buxton about the swine flu case has been posted on the St Columba's website alongside advice from the college nurse about the infection.


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