Santa Cruz Public Health Director Joaquin Monasterios announced why very close to a thousand school buildings have had to shut their doors for ten days throughout a province that affects more than 100,000 students.
"We've seen that the peak of positive cases [of H1N1] that has not come down. It still persists which led us to come to an agreement with the school system to cancel classes for at least a week or ten days in order to stop the spread of the illness and to disinfect schools. Also, the limited contact between youngsters during this time could decrease the spreading of the contagion," he said.
The H1N1 flu is a combination of swine, avian and human flues which emerged in April, 2009 in Mexico and the United States setting off a worldwide alert.
Since then, a global campaign to vaccinate against the flu has seen a dramatic drop in the number of confirmed cases.