Influenza: No school closures in Johor

According to the Johor Education Department, only 89 schoolchildren are believed to have been infected by influenza out of 380,000 schoolchildren in Johor. Filepic

JOHOR BARU: No schools and classrooms have been ordered to close by the Johor Education Department following the influenza infection that had affected 89 schoolchildren in the state.

Its director Azman Adnan said the classroom had been disinfected following the normal procedures and the schools were operating as usual.

“Only 89 schoolchildren are believed to have been infected by influenza, out of 380,000 schoolchildren in Johor, based on the information given by the parents who brought their children to the health clinic and hospitals.

“Schools are operating as usual. When there are one or two cases, the school’s standard operating procedure applies, which means cleansing the classroom with disinfectant, ” he said when contacted.

However, he added if there were more cases, the relevant health offices would decide whether to close classes or schools.

“So far, this has not been necessary for Johor, and we will depend on the advice from the District Health Office (PKD), ” said Azman.

He said the Johor Health Department had taken early measures to tackle the problem and was in constant contact with the health offices.

Pasir Gudang had the most victims with 32 cases, followed by Johor Baru with 24 cases, Kulai with 15, Tangkak (six), Kluang (five), Muar (five) and one each in Batu Pahat and Pontian.

Azman said data from government and private health centres showed that these comprised pre-school, primary and secondary school children.

He said the schools were equipped with screening apparatus to detect students who had a fever, and they had also been advised to clean the classes with disinfectant.

He said students or anyone else with Influenza-Like Illness (ILI) were not allowed to go to school.

“They will be required to stay at home and seek treatment at the nearest clinic or hospital, ” he said, adding that if they showed symptoms while in school, they would be quarantined in a special room or the sick bay.

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