Friday, August 21, 2009

H1N1 pandemic to get much worse

By Ofentse Mokae
21 August 2009

The World Health Organisation says the global spread of H1N1 flu will endanger more lives as cases are expected to double every three to four days for several months.

Governments are urged to boost preparations for a swift response.

WHO director Shin Young-soo says the pandemic killed almost one-thousand-800 people worldwide through last week. Southern hemisphere countries are now thought to be more at risk.

Meanwhile the a ninth South African has died of swine flu.

Although the National Institute for Communicable Diseases has not confirmed that 53-year-old Grobbie Grobler had succumbed to the N1H1 virus, it has reported that the media has a copy of his death certificate.

Grobler was a car mechanic in Randfontein on Johannesburg's West Rand. The NICD has confirmed eight deaths due to the pandemic, including three pregnant women.


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