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Schools to close if bird flu becomes pandemic

Ally1979: So should they close hospitals, supermarkets, old people's homes, playgrounds and every other place where people come into contact?

Lilyofthefield: I had heard that the main argument for keeping schools open is that it will allow parents to carry on working, and will keep kids together -neither being much of an argument.

MsAnonymous: As much as I think it's unlikely to be a problem (bird flu hasn't mutated and is no more likely to do so than other non-human illnesses), it's nice to know that there are plans in place.

Blazer: Did anyone hear the news last night when it was announced that any measures to combat bird flu would be co-ordinated from 10 Downing Street! Now does that fill anyone with confidence?

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