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H1N1 kills three in Oman


Image of the H1N1 influenza virus, taken in the CDC Influenza Laboratory. Image - Wikimedia/creative commons

Muscat: Three persons succumbed to HINI in May 2014, the Ministry of Health (MOH) announced on Wednesday.

Without mentioning the place where the deaths took place or revealing the identities of the deceased, a statement from the Ministry of Health said that 82 new cases were recorded in May 2014. "Three of them died as a result of complications. The other cases were not complicated that were followed-up in the hospitals for further treatment," the statement added.

As for coronavirus (Middle East Respiratory Syndrome, MERS-Cov), the Ministry said that no cases have been recorded in May 2014.

The ministry stated that it is following up on the disease through epidemiological surveillance system.

The MOH has asked the residents to follow healthy practices while sneezing and coughing. "Even the health workers should strictly comply with regulations when dealing with suspected cases," the statement added.

In 2009, Oman reported 7,040 HINI cases of which more than 30 people died. "The H1N1 virus, like seasonal flu, can become airborne if an infected person coughs or sneezes without covering their nose and mouth. It is strongly recommended to avoid close contact with people who appear unwell and have a fever and cough. Those who suffer influenza-like symptoms should seek medical advice immediately," warned an official.

Symptoms of H1N1 swine flu include fever, cough, sore throat, runny nose, body aches, headache, chills, and fatigue. Many people with swine flu report diarrhea and vomiting.

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