Students sent home amid outbreak

Students of Navesau Adventist High School in Wainibuka, Tailevu on their way home after the outbreak yesterday.Picture ATU RASEA

Students of Navesau Adventist High School in Wainibuka, Tailevu on their way home after the outbreak yesterday.Picture ATU RASEA

A FOUR-member team from the Ministry of Health and Medical Services Central Outbreak Response Team have been camped at the Navesau Adventist High School since last week after students became ill.

When this newspaper visited the school yesterday, the team led by Doctor Penasio Rounds was compiling reports to be submitted to the Ministry of Health after more than 300 students of Navesau were treated with antibiotics.

This newspaper understands that students and staff members of the school have been receiving antibiotics twice a day since last week when a girl became ill and was showing symptoms of the life-threatening meningococcal disease.

Students, who are boarders of the school, were sent on weekend leave yesterday with consent letters which required their parents or guardians to sign to have their child vaccinated.

The students are expected to return to school on Monday with their consent forms.

Four students of the school are believed to have contracted the disease, with one in critical condition and three in stable condition.

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