Mauritus Closes its Schools

The Mauritian government has closed all schools in their country. The island has been hit by the swine flu, and before it continues to spread to the country's children, the government bit the bullet and made the call to close all public schools.

Prime Minister Navin Ramgoolam explained that this harsh decision was made due to the recent absences by many of the children across the island. At the start of the spread of the pandemic, nearly 31% of the children called in absent, at the time of the decision it was up to 51%.

Health officials decided that the schools would remained closed for ten days in hopes that that would give the schools enough time to completely disinfect their buildings.

It remains unclear as to how many of the five deaths were in fact caused by the swine flu virus.