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Friday, April 8, 2011

Fiji : 19,000 H1N1 victims in one year

Via The Fiji Times Online, excerpt :

" INFLUENZA-LIKE illnesses (ILIs) remain a serious disease that has killed the most number of people, says the World Health Organisation's communicable diseases expert, Dr Jacob Kool.

Since April 2009, H1N1 has claimed more than 19,000 people, globally.

Although mild in some cases, Dr Kool said ILIs claimed lives in serious cases and that while the percentage of deaths seemed small, the number of people who died from such illnesses were substantial.

"It is mild but it can get severe especially for people with longsuffering illnesses like diabetes, heart disease, the elderly, pregnant women and children below two years," he said.

He said 15,000 of capsule courses would be given to the Ministry of Health by WHO soon after the international H1N1 outbreak in 2009.

"One course contains 10 capsules. There is still a lot available in Fiji and it is still valid. People who know they are at risk should take it," he said."

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