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OSAKA (Kyodo) Kansai Okura Junior & Senior High School in Ibaraki, Osaka Prefecture, reopened Monday after shutting down for two weeks because more than 100 students were infected with swine flu.

Since nine students at the school were confirmed May 17 to be infected, the total rose to 101 students and two teachers, but all had recovered as of Monday, school officials said.

The total number of H1N1 infections in Japan stood at 383 as of Monday, largely in Osaka and Hyogo prefectures. New infections have been subsiding in the two prefectures.

Kansai Okura is the last Osaka Prefecture school to reopen since the flu outbreak started, the prefecture said.

Two privately run schools in Hyogo Prefecture also reopened Monday.

About 4,270 elementary, junior high and high schools reopened a week ago in the two prefectures.

On Monday morning, students taking buses to Kansai Okura wore masks as directed by school authorities.

The virus, although its origin is unknown, is believed to have spread in the school among students with relatively close contact, including those seated close to each other in classrooms or on buses, according to an epidemiological study by the National Institute of Infectious Diseases.

The flu has caused 2,594 public schools to cancel or postpone the trips that had been planned for May or June, the education ministry said.

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