Tuesday, June 14, 2011

People advised not to play with flu

By Khanyisa Tabata
14 June 2011

The Department of Health has advised people who develop flu-like symptoms to consult a doctor.

This follows the National Institute for Communicable Diseases’ announcement that more than 200 South Africans are being treated for swine flu.

Almost 130 of the patients are in Gauteng. But spokesperson Nombuso Shabalala stresses that the outbreak is not a pandemic like in 2009, when there was no vaccine.

In 2009, swine flu claimed the lives of more than 90 South Africans. Eight cases of mumps and six cases of swine flu were reported at The King's School, in Linbro Park, Johannesburg.

But only one Grade 7 girl, who had swine flu, was hospitalised last week.

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