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Wednesday, December 8, 2010

Egypt : Swine flu cases reach 136 with 70 reported last week

Via The Daily News Egypt :

" CAIRO: Swine flu cases have been increasing in Egypt, as 136 cases were reported in October and November — 70 of which were reported just this past week, according to Abdel Rahman Shahin, spokesperson for the Ministry of Heath.

Despite the increasing rate of infections, Shahin stated that the number of patients is within the seasonal flu rates expected during this time of year.

In ministry statement, Shahin did not refer to the H1N1 virus as “swine flu.” Instead, he used the term “emerging flu.”

“[The emerging flu] is no longer a threat as long as the person knows its symptoms and receives the proper treatment and right medication for it, as well as taking all the necessary precautions,” said Shahin.

These precautionary measures include taking proper care of personal hygiene, such as washing hands, maintaining proper ventilation at the workplace and at home, covering nose and mouth when sneezing or coughing, and avoiding crowded places."

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