KOTA KINABALU, 21 Jan -- Murid-murid Sekolah Kebangsaan (SK) Stella Marris Tanjung Aru beratur di luar bilik darjah sebelum pulang hari ini. Sekolah tersebut menjadi sekolah pertama ditutup di Sabah berikutan penyakit influenza A (H1N1). --fotoBERNAMA(2020) HAK CIPTA TERPELIHARA

KOTA KINABALU: The Sekolah Kebangsaan (SK) Stella Maris in Tanjung Aru here has been ordered to close for seven days, beginning yesterday, after seven of its students were tested positive for Influenza A or H1N1 virus.

Pupils waiting for their parents to pick them home. Photo: Bernama

Sabah Health and People’s Wellbeing Minister Datuk Frankie Poon Ming Fung said the students were tested positive for Influenza A or H1N1.

He said all of them were receiving treatment at private hospitals and clinics around Kota Kinabalu and reported to be in stable condition.

“The decision to close SK Stella Maris was made by the Kota Kinabalu Health Office due to the spread of the Influenza A clusters,” he said in a statement here yesterday.

He also advised parents not to send their sick children to school to prevent the spread of the disease.

He said, despite the increase in number, it was still under control and the Sabah Health Department will regularly monitor influenza activity throughout the year and to detect any unusual changes in the influenza virus. − Bernama