At least five priests teaching in a Catholic college seminary here were unable to say Masses on Sunday and have been placed on quarantine after two seminarians they regularly deal with tested positive for the Influenza A(H1N1) virus last week.
The quarantine period started on July 7 and would last until July 17 on the advice of health authorities, Father Jerry Gaela, rector of the St. Peter's College Seminary of the Diocese of San Pablo, said in a telephone interview on Sunday.
Two of their more than 90 seminarians were found to be infected with the highly contagious flu virus and were immediately treated while the rest of the students were sent home classes and Sunday masses were suspended temporarily, he said.
Gaela said the seminarians who tested positive for the virus, like the rest of the seminary students, had just returned to the seminary from their weekend vacation.
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