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Wednesday, October 9, 2013

Singapore : No cause for alarm over H1N1

Via Channel News Asia :

he Ministry of Health (MOH) has been notified of a cluster of eight kindergarten children with influenza at ACES Montessori Kidz in Downtown East Pasir Ris.

Another 10 children from the kindergarten had influenza-like symptoms. Two children were admitted for observation and discharged two days later.
The other 16 children either self-medicated or received outpatient medical treatment.
The children are currently recovering. MOH has provided advice to the centre on infection control measures.
But there is no evidence to suggest there has been an increase in the virulence of the influenza A (H1N1) virus, said MOH.
The ministry has advised the public not to be alarmed, as influenza is generally a mild illness that results in full recovery.
It recommends that parents consider annual influenza vaccination to protect their children against influenza, particularly for those aged 6 months to 5 years.
While parents are anxious to find out the cause of the strain, doctors are advising them to remain calm."

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