Qld school flies flu students home

A Gold Coast Catholic school, Marymount Primary, has chartered a plane to fly home a group of over 150 students from a Canberra excursion after more than 50 students fell ill with flu, including 16 who were hospitalised for overnight observation.

The Brisbane Times reports that the Year 7 students, aged 12 to 13 were to be accompanied by two Queensland Health nurses on their flight into Coolangatta airport, a spokesman for Catholic Education said.

Sixteen children were kept in hospital over Friday night and another 48 were nursed in their hotel.

They were part of a group of 155 students accompanied by 15 staff on the excursion to the national capital, where they had been visiting since Sunday.

The adults were okay, except a couple who had high temperatures, the spokesman said.

ACT health authorities said five children had tested positive to Influenza A.

The other students were being treated at their Canberra Hotel, where a team of doctors and nurses had been made available to treat them.

The Catholic Education spokesman said the group would head home on a charter flight leaving at 4pm (AEST) on Saturday, apart from two students who had been met by family in Canberra and would return home separately.

"They've all been deemed well enough to travel," the spokesman said.

"None of the children are seriously ill, but there were 16 that stayed in hospital overnight for observation.

"There were 48 (children) deemed to have flu and 91 who had no symptoms at all."

Kids to return home after flu outbreak (Brisbane Times, 4/8/07)

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6 Aug 2007