ARI outbreak infects around 170 in Sengdhyen LSS in Samtse

An outbreak of Acute Respiratory Infection (ARI) has been reported this week in Sengdhyen Lower Secondary School in Dorokha, Samtse with total of 171 people infected so far. This includes three villagers and a few teachers in the school.

The first case was reported among 20 students last Saturday, after which the number rapidly increased to more than 160 within a week’s time. ARI affects normal breathing functions in which the common symptoms includes congestion, either in the nasal sinuses or lungs, runny nose, cough, sore throat, body aches and fatigue.

The school principal, Singay, said the school officials along with the health official are constantly monitoring the disease, although the case is under control as of now. He said the classes are taken as usual for the other students while the 13 boarder students are currently isolated.

He said some students have joined the school after their recovery, while those who are still under recovery are advised to remain at home.

The school has a 586 students among which 374 stay in boarding at the school. The gewog BHU health assistant, Duptho Wangmo, said the case is being monitored and advocacy on the disease is being made by health workers.

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