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Schools with 10% swine flu cases to be closed: Iranian official

TEHRAN, Sep. 1 (Mehr News Agency) - Schools, which have 10 percent of students diagnosed with swine flu will be closed, an official at the Health Ministry announced here on Tuesday.

To prevent the spread of the disease, schools with about 10 percent confirmed cases of H1N1/A flu will be closed temporarily, Mahmoud Nabavi said, referring to the written instruction on preventing students being sick with the flu.

The instruction will be carried out across the country after being singed by the ministries of heath and education.

According to Nabavi, if a school has 10 percent confirmed cases of swine flu, 5-7 day closing will be recommended, Nabavi noted.

Most recently, Nabavi warned of inevitable high swine flu death in Iran in case the current trend continues.

Speaking with the Mehr News Agency, he said, "About 7 to 8 percent of those being treated in hospitals across the country for swine flu could die".

According to official figures, a total of 285 Iranians have been infected with the disease and one person has died from the virus since it burst onto the scene in the country on June 22.

Swine flu emerged in Mexico in April and quickly spread around the globe.

According to the latest WHO figures, more than 2,180 people around the world have died from the virus over the past four months.

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