Swine flu cases rise to 79

Despite the rising cases of the Influenza A, H1N1 also known as swine flu, the Head of the Emergency response team in the Ministry of Health, Dr. Justin Wane yesterday said that the flu is very manageable. In his explanation, the infected individuals show mild symptoms and are responding well to the aggressive treatment.
Dr Michael Kramer
Dr Michael Kramer

Despite the rising cases of the Influenza A, H1N1 also known as swine flu, the Head of the Emergency response team in the Ministry of Health, Dr. Justin Wane yesterday said that the flu is very manageable.

In his explanation, the infected individuals show mild symptoms and are responding well to the aggressive treatment.

“Although the cases have risen to 79, we are pleased to note that 39 people have recovered completely and have been able to resume their daily chores. Tamiflu – a drug used to treat the illness has been very effective and more is still in stock,” the medical expert told The New Times in a phone interview yesterday.

According to the official, there are outbreaks occurring especially in schools and apparently, Green Hills Academy is still closed after 23 cases were identified among the pupils.

“No severe cases have been reported and we continue to isolate those that test positive for the virus,” he added.

According to the Director General of TRAC plus, Prof Michael Kramer, major prevention measures like covering nose and mouth when sneezing and coughing, including regular wash of hands with soap and water will curb the infection rate.

The Ministry of Health, through TRAC Plus, the National Reference Laboratory and other institutions, is monitoring the situation closely and continues to work on improving the emergency preparedness capacity and surveillance.

“All individuals who came in contact with the infected cases are being traced and tested. In the mean time the public and the medical community will be informed about relevant developments,” a statement from the Ministry says.

People should continue with their day-to-day activities as usual. Those who are ill should delay international travel and those developing symptoms following international travel or after a contact with a suspected or confirmed case in Rwanda, should seek medical attention, while people with mild symptoms are advised to stay at home.

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