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Sunday, June 27, 2010

Malaysia : Too much for the lungs

Via The Star :

" Cases related to A(H1N1) can be further complicated with pneumococcal infection.

THE influenza A(H1N1) pandemic first broke out in mid-April 2009, with a surge of cases that subsequently quietened down for a period of time. However, the recent re-emergence of the disease at the end of the first quarter this year could mean that the second wave is already in its infancy.

Though the current situation is nowhere near as serious as the situation back in 2009, the public is advised to continue taking precautions and remain vigilant to prevent infection and complication from the disease.

Pneumococcus – complicating influenza A(H1N1) recovery

Though most A(H1N1) cases have been mild, with many of those affected usually recovering, there have also been more severe cases with complications that can prove to be fatal. Statistics from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) in the US show that the more severe cases of influenza are made worse by secondary bacterial infections, particularly by Streptococcus pneumoniae."

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