JOHOR BARU (Bernama): A total of 89 schoolchildren in Johor have been infected by influenza.
Johor Education Department director Azman Adnan, said Johor Baru had the most victims with 56 cases, followed by Kulai with 15, Tangkak (six), Kluang (five), Muar (five) and one in Batu Pahat and Pontian.
He said data from government and private health centres showed that these comprised pre-school, primary and secondary children.
However, he said, so far, there are no closure of classes or schools.
"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.
However, he added if there are more cases, the relevant health offices will decide whether to close classes or schools.
"So far, this has not been necessary in Johor, ” Azman said in a statement on Sunday (Jan 12).
He said the Johor Health Department had taken early measures to tackle the problem and is in constant contact with the health offices.
Azman said the schools are equipped with screening apparatus to detect students who have fever, and they have also been advised to clean the classes with disinfectant.
He said students or anyone else with symptoms of influenza are also 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 while in the school, they will be quarantined in a special room or the sick bay.
"Similarly, students staying in the hostels will also be quarantined until they recover, ” he said. - Bernama