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News number: 8808171273

15:27 | 2009-11-08

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Tehran Shuts Schools over Swine Flu

TEHRAN (FNA)- Iran announced on Saturday the temporary closure of 271 schools in the cities across Tehran Province due to the death of 33 infected people with H1N1 virus.



Ali Soleimani, public relations officer for provincial cities of Tehran Education Department, reiterated that 19 school children in Tehran Province have been diagnosed with the H1N1 virus and 12 of them have been hospitalized.

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 33 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.

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.