Girls' school shuts after swine flu attackBy Lorna Catling
June 09, 2009
A girls' boarding school in Ascot has shut after it was confirmed four pupils have swine flu.
Two girls at Saint Mary's School were diagnosed with swine flu and nine others suspected of having the illness on Friday night.
Two more cases have since been confirmed and the Roman Catholic school in St Mary's Road was closed.
All 350 pupils and 250 staff and their families who live on the site have been offered anti-viral medicine Tamiflu.
Dr Angela Snowling, NHS Berkshire East acting director of Public Health, said: “The staff and the girls have been wonderful.
“Obviously it’s been a very difficult time, but the mood has been very calm.
“We have to move very quickly at times like this, and it helps enormously that the school has organised things so well for us.
"In fact we are going to write this up as best practice for managing such sites.
“The checks and the Tamiflu should minimise the numbers of cases of flu both in the school and among the teachers’ and girls’ families.”
Special arrangements were made for girls who had public exams this week and were not displaying flu-like symptoms.