H1N1 flu not lethal, but prevention vital: expert

Karachi has regularly reported H1N1 influenza (swine flu) cases in the months of December and January since 2009, but this particular strain is not causing any severe infection, as its mortality rate is only 0.1 per cent, or one in a thousand, an expert told The News on Tuesday.

The Sindh Health Department has also woken up after H1N1 flu cases surfaced, as they have decided to launch an awareness campaign, establish control rooms in all the districts of the province, direct public hospitals to report suspected flu cases and to purchase flu vaccines.

“This disease used to be known as swine flu, but the World Health Organisation renamed it as the H1N1/09 pandemic, and since 2009 its cases are being reported in Karachi in the months of December and January,” says Dr Bushra Jamil, head of Infectious Diseases Department at Aga Khan University Hospital. “So far Aga Khan University Hospital has received 100 suspected patients, of which 43 were tested positive for influenza….

Original published: 2018-01-10 05:00:00 Read the full Karachi News here

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