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Thursday, October 7, 2010

New Zealand : Pandemic Influenza H1N1 2009 (swine flu) - Update 211

The latest influenza update from New Zealand's Ministry of Health :

" Overall influenza activity continued its steady drop below the baseline for the third consecutive week. Our influenza season is almost over, and this will be the Ministry of Health’s last update on the pandemic influenza.

But as the World Health Organization pointed out when it announced the shift to the post-pandemic period on 10 August 2010, continued vigilance is important.The swine flu virus has not gone away.

WHO expects the virus will continue to circulate for some years to come and take on the behaviour of a seasonal influenza virus. And of course the basic advice about regular hand washing and drying, covering coughs and sneezes, and staying home when sick remain important ways we can reduce the risk not just of swine flu but also many other infections.

In New Zealand, 727 people have been hospitalised with laboratory-confirmed cases of pandemic influenza so far this year. Fifteen of the 20 swine flu-related deaths reported to date were confirmed to be due to swine flu."

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