School in Ubon closes for 2 days as influenza hits 200 students


Ubon Ratchatani — A kindergarten school in Ubon Ratchatani announced that it will be shutting its door for two days, January 28-29, after some 200 students got sick with influenza.

This comes as the Department of Disease Control identified the high trend of fever from the beginning of the year. As of January 20, there were 16,348 cases reported nationwide and 1 death, said the report from The Nation.

There have also been fears over the novel coronavirus, which originated in Wuhan, China, and is spreading worldwide.

According to Prayat Boonpor, school director of Anuban Ban Nua Kemarat, local health officials advised him to close the school after such a large number of students in various classes were hit by influenza. The school is being thoroughly cleaned and classrooms sterilised during the two days.

Director-general Dr. Suwanchai Wattanayingcharoen of the Disease Control Department said his department has been monitoring influenza.

More people are contracting influenza from January to March and in the early winter. The age group with the highest morbidity rate is 1 day-4 years, followed by 25-34 year-olds and those aged 7-9.

Influenza can be transmitted from exposure to mucus, saliva or phlegm in patients through coughing or sneezing. Flu can bring on severe muscle pain, headache and fatigue. However, patients normally heal in 5-7 days.

Source: The Nation

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