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Swine flu hits Zimbabwe, Ghana

HARARE—Health officials in Zimbabwe said yesterday, that swine flu had broken out at a school in the east of the country, prompting a combined emergency response by the local health services and the World Health Organisation, WHO .

Health Minister, Henry Madzorera said five children at the school, aged between five and 10 years, had been diagonised with the flu.

He said it was unclear where the children, the first victims of confirmed swine flu in Zimbabwe, had contracted the disease.

Two earlier suspected swine flu cases, including that   of a man who had arrived in the country from London, turned out to be false.

Madzorera said the government had enlisted the support of WHO to bring the outbreak under control.
He said the country had activated its national emergency response plans to deal with the outbreak of the flu at the school, which is near the border with Mozambique.

Also in Ghana

Also, Ghana yesterday confirmed two new cases of the H1N1 virus (swine flu), bringing the total number of positive cases to four.

The Ghana Health Service, GHS, said the new cases were confirmed on Tuesday.
The newly confirmed cases are under treatment and are doing well. They are co-operating with the health staff and we are grateful for their cooperation, the GHS said in a statement.

The first two patients have been treated and discharged from hospital after they had fully recovered.
The statement said a total of 68 specimens, made up of 43 suspected cases and 25 contacts, had so far been investigated at the Noguchi Memorial Institute of Medical Research (National Influenza Centre).

GHS said the pandemic was still in its early stages of evolution in the country and needed to be monitored closely. It urged the general public and all stakeholders to support in the management of the situation.

The pandemic influenza is caused by a virus that affects the respiratory system and typically spreads through coughs and sneezes or by touching contaminated surfaces.

Swine flue first broke out in Mexico last year, and has since spread to many parts of the world.


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