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Tuesday, July 16, 2013

Swine flu outbreak sickens hundreds in S.Africa

Via Global Times :

" Hundreds of people have been sickened by the swine flu virus, prompting authorities to urge the public to get vaccinated, it was confirmed on Monday.

So far about 450 cases of swine flu, or the H1N1, have been identified in this year's outbreak. Among them two have died, one in Durban and the other in Pretoria, according to the Institute for Communicable Disease (ICD).

"But that is really the tip of the iceberg. The number of Influenza cases we are managing to identify in our surveillance system is slightly higher than it was last year," ICD director Shabir Madhi said.

"The important thing about swine flu virus right now is that because it's been circulating in the country for the past 3 to 4 years, the majority of people are actually immunized because of natural exposure to the virus," said Madhi."

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