TEHRAN, Nov. 8 (Mehr News Agency) - Some 271 schools in cities across Tehran Province have been temporarily closed due to the swine flu epidemic, the Tehran Education Department's public relations officer for provincial cities said on Saturday.
Ali Soleimani added that 19 school children in Tehran Province have been diagnosed with the H1N1 virus and 12 of them have been hospitalized.
2009 H1N1 Flu (Swine Flu)
The director of the Tehran Education Department has said six of those infected with the virus are from the city of Tehran.
So far, many schools in Kashan and Isfahan have been temporarily closed to prevent the spread of the H1N1 virus. On October 28, 235 schools at the elementary and secondary levels were closed for eight days in Kashan.
The Health Ministry has said 23 citizens have died of the H1N1 virus so far.
The Health Ministry announced last week that 515 new cases of swine flu have been detected in the country, increasing the number of those infected with the disease to 2,153.
Media activist Farvartish Rezvanieh protested the inactivity of the Iranian officials in fighting the spread of Swine Flu. In a symbolic gesture, Farvartish wore an H1N1 bunny suite and walked in the streets of Tehran in order to bring public awareness about this deadly virus. In response, one of the officials of the Health Ministry called Farvartish's move useless and said he should be sent to a mental hospital!
Last Tuesday, 200 medical teams
started visiting schools in Tehran to teach students how to prevent the spread
of swine flu.
So far one student from Tehran has died of swine flu.
World Health Organization data showed Friday that the number of swine flu deaths has grown by more than 370 over a week to pass 6,000, as the pandemic spread into more than 199 countries and territories.
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