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Thursday, May 27, 2010

Singapore : Flu cases in Singapore near epidemic levels

Via Xinhua :

" SINGAPORE, May 27 (Xinhua) -- Epidemic season has hit Singapore as the number of flu cases surged through the roof, local newspaper The Straits Times reported Thursday.

Although this has been a traditionally high season for influenza and colds collectively called acute respiratory infection, the number of people with the sniffles has been at epidemic, or near-epidemic levels for the past six weeks.

A high of 18,420 people sought treatment for the flu at government health polyclinics last week, or 4,000 more patients a week than the norm for this time of the year.

Many of the flu cases involve the pandemic A/H1N1 strain, which created a health scare worldwide last year, but eventually proved to be milder than originally thought.

According to the Ministry of Health, 29 percent of patients here with flu-like symptoms last week had this bug."

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