The pandemic Influenza A (H1N1), commonly known as swine flu, has broken out at Fatima Girls Secondary School in Ndola on the Copperbelt, the Ministry of Health has announced.
Ministry of Health spokesperson Kamoto Mbewe said in a statement in Lusaka on April 1 that some pupils were taken ill after being attacked by the H1N1 influenza.
He said 10 specimens were taken for laboratory investigation, of which eight have tested positive for the virus.
Dr Mbewe said all the girls are in stable condition and district and provincial health offices are putting in place measures to ensure that no more cases are recorded.
The signs and symptoms of swine flu include fever, a cough, sneezing, sore throat, body aches, headache, chills and fatigue.
Dr Mbewe said members of the public who experience any of these symptoms must report to the nearest health centre immediately.
To prevent the spread of the disease, members of the public should wash their hands frequently with soap and water, cover their mouths and noses when coughing or sneezing, avoid touching eyes, noses or mouths and minimise close contact with people who are suffering from flu.
[ Zambia Daily mail ]