Rajbiraj, 16 September : Schools will be closed for three days from Sunday in Kanchanrup Municipality and Hanumannagar Kankalani Municipality of Saptari district after the outbreak of swine flu and Hong Kong flu in the areas.
An emergency meeting of the Kanchanrup Municipality today declared the municipality a disaster-hit area and decided to close the schools, the municipality mayor Basanta Mishra informed.
The Municipality has urged one and all to remain alert and conscious in the context of the outbreak of the diseases.
Mayor Mishra said the decision to shut down schools has been taken in view of the possibility of the disease virus spreading among the pupils. He added that the schools will remain closed until the prevalence of the infection was removed.
Health check-up camps have been set up at various places after scores of people started suffering from the fever, cough and cold at the two municipalities as well as in Mahadeva rural municipality.
People suffering from cough and fever in the municipality area were found to be carrying the H1N1 (Swine flu) and H3N2 (Hong Kong flu) virus. Of the 24 samples sent to Kathmandu, one person was found suffering from Swine flu and 10 from Hong Kong flu, according to chief of district public health office, Saptari Niranjan Prasad Yadav.
Five people have died so far, including Bhalsardevi Sardar, 60, of ward no. 4, Dipbash Basnet,14, Kishore Ram,14, and Amod Kumar Ram,14, of ward no. 7 in the municipality and eight-year-old Mahaful Alam of Mahadeva rural municipality. However, it is not yet confirmed that the deaths were due to the virus.