Schools on swine flu alert

Cases of swine flu have been reported at schools across the Algarve, however, people seem to be taking a less alarmist approach to the issue.

A reader, who asked not to be named, told the Algarve Resident on Wednesday: “At my child’s crèche in Lagoa, there have been four cases of swine flu among the children so far, which the teachers have informed the parents about.”

The reader added: “My child continues to go to the crèche, which has put a contingency plan in place. In my opinion, parents and teachers are not being alarmist about the situation.”

A spokesman from the regional health authority ARS Algarve said that every health centre in the region has a service to deal specifically with swine flu cases.  

Meanwhile, Portugal’s Prime Minister José Sócrates was due to be inoculated with the swine flu vaccine on Wednesday. Although several cases of swine flu have been recorded in the Algarve, statistics released in Portugal do not differentiate between regions and, at the time the Algarve Resident went to press on Wednesday, 7,110 people had been infected with the virus.