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Thursday, January 27, 2011

Singapore : 4 out of 5 flu cases here due to H1N1

Via Asia One :

" SINGAPORE : The Ministry of Health (MOH) has issued an alert, urging those with chronic illnesses, the elderly, and young children, to be vaccinated against the flu.

This is because cases of acute respiratory infections (ARI) and influenza-like-illnesses (ILI) are still on the rise, having crossed the epidemic threshold earlier this month. Last week, 20,203 people sought treatment in polyclinics for ARI and ILI, an increase of 13 per cent from the previous week. The number of patients seeking help for ARI at the emergency departments also showed upward trends in the last few weeks.

MOH revealed that 76 per cent, or approximately four out of five cases, of influenza were caused by the H1N1 virus. It urged vulnerable groups such as very young children, the elderly and patients with chronic illnesses to be vaccinated against the flu. It said that even though most cases of influenza resolve with rest and symptomatic treatment, the illness can result in complications such as pneumonia or even death for some."

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