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Monday, October 18, 2010

Qatar : No new H1N1 outbreak

Via The Peninsula :

" DOHA: The Supreme Council of Health (SEC) has allayed fears of a new outbreak of H1N1 in Qatar following the death of a Qatari woman due to the illness.

Four people had died of H1N1 in Qatar since the beginning of this year, the fourth being the pregnant Qatari woman. However, such incidents are sporadic in nature and don’t indicate to a return of the pandemic, the SCH clarified yesterday. The Council, however, strongly urged the public, especially the high risk groups including pregnant women to get vaccinated against seasonal influenza as a precautionary measure.

The first death due to H1N1 this year occurred in January followed by two other deaths during summer. The SCH, however, didn’t announce these three incidents.

“We didn’t feel it necessary to announce each death because they were isolated incidents. There is no threat of a pandemic in Qatar at this moment. The World Health Organisation (WHO) has also ruled out the possibility of a new outbreak of the disease,” said Dr Mohammed Al Thani, director of the Public Health Department at SCH told a press conference."

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