ARI outbreak in Sherubling and Nangkhor schools

This week, the students in Sherubling Central School in Trongsa reported high fever, body ache and some other sickness like fatigue and cough. Following the high number of absentees in schools, it was confirmed that about more than 70 students were infected with Influenza-like illness (ILI) also known as acute respiratory infection (ARI).

After the school saw the absentees of huge number of students, it was confirmed that almost all the students are infected by Influeza after verifying with the hospital.

The Principal of the school, Rajech Rai said the boarding students are isolated in sickroom in the school itself while the day scholar students are advised to stay at home until the recovery. “Each day, there would be at least 30 missing their classes with similar symptoms.”

However, he said that the source of illness is not known since the people outside the campus also reported about the same illness.

Following the confirmation of outbreak, a team comprising of health officials of Trongsa visited the school on awareness about the disease.

The hospital is yet to confirm the total number of cases reported from the school and nearby community.

Rajesh Rai said the school didn’t decide to close since the infected ones are well taken care of and isolated in order to have the normal classes for the rest of the students. “It may become better in few days since the awareness is done and the strict monitoring and surveillance is being followed up by both the hospital and the school”

Last week, around 63 similar cases was detected in Nangkhor Middle Secondary school in Mongar.

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