By Doug Gray, Contributing Reporter

RIO DE JANEIRO - This week marks back to school for hundreds of thousands of school children following their extended winter holidays due to the swine flu epidemic.

The re-openings were part of improved measures to prevent further escalation of the situation which has now claimed at least 300 lives across Brazil. While some states will make up the missed classes with Saturday school and others with shortened half-term holidays, authorities in Rio have yet to confirm such a move.

From Monday, schools have been circulating leaflets outlining the best ways to avoid contracting . . .

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