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Armenian Schoolchildren Get Long Winter Break Due To Swine Flu

Armenian officials say winter holidays have been prolonged for a third time due to a deadly outbreak of swine flu.

The Health Ministry said on January 21 that the winter holidays for high schools across the Caucasus nation had been prolonged until February 1.

That is the third prolongation of the school winter holidays this month caused by the H1N1 flu virus known as swine flu.

An Armenian official said earlier that 18 H1N1 patients had died in the country since January 1.

The Armenian Defense Ministry said on January 21 that military personnel had been ordered not to leave their units due to the flu outbreak.

Authorities in neighboring Georgia said on January 21 that three people had died in the country from swine flu since January 1, adding that all health clinics are now working around the clock due to the outbreak.

Based on reporting by Vestnik Kavkaza, Interfax, and RFE/RL's Armenian Service