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Mayo College shuts over H1N1 fears

On a day when 49 people tested positive for swine flu in Rajasthan, Mayo College Ajmer (both boys and girls) announced early winter vacations for two months. The death toll in the state went up to 24 with latest H1N1 fatality in Jodhpur.

Ten students of Mayo Girls’ College have come down with swine flu. In Rajasthan, so far 742 persons have tested positive, of them 644 are from Jaipur. A majority of them are children. Even on Monday, of the 39 who tested positive for H1N1 in Jaipur, 25 are children.

Ten more schools, including the residential Mayo, shut down on Monday, taking the number of schools in Rajasthan affected by swine flu to 81. Hundreds of anxious parents rushed to Ajmer to bring back their children. This is for the first time that the school has declared such a long winter break, and so early.

Sensing panic in Ajmer, where H1N1 has just started spreading, the district administration also ordered all schools within city limits to close down for next five days.

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