50 cases of swine flu connected to Birmingham primary school
A total of 50 pupils, teachers and their parents connected to a Birmingham school have been confirmed with swine flu in the largest outbreak in the UK - and health bosses believe numbers are set to rise further.
A female pupil at Welford Primary School, in Handsworth, was diagnosed with H1N1 on Friday, but since then 44 other children and five adults, a mix of teachers and parents, have tested positive for the virus.
The Health Protection Agency (HPA) has now revealed the school may not re-open after half term week and officers were closely monitoring the situation.
A deep clean is under way of all school premises while all teachers, parents and pupils have been offered anti-viral drugs and those affected are reported to have responded well.
Ann Fleming, HPA spokeswoman for the West Midlands, said: “There are now a total of 50 confirmed cases connected to Welford Primary School, which is the largest number of confirmed cases connected to one place so far.
“There are still a number of laboratory results outstanding and the numbers of confirmed cases at the school are expected to rise.
“Since this investigation began the HPA has been working alongside the school to contact all parents and teachers to find out if they had any symptoms.