59 cases of H1N1 reported in Syria



ARA News

Duhok, Iraqi Kurdistanــ The Syrian Ministry of Health announced last week that 59 cases were recorder having swine flue (H1N1) in Syria, 18 of them died recently.

The Syrian Minister of Health, Saad Naif, said in a symposium on the disease last Thursday that the H1N1 cases were found in several Syrian provinces.  

According to Naif, the largest number of deaths from the disease were recorded in the province of Hama, with 11 cases out of 24 cases registered in the governorate, while the death of 5 people out of 11 infected in Tartous were reported, and two others died due to the disease out of 12 cases in Latakia.

“Furthermore, one case in each of the provinces of Damascus and Deir al-Zour has been recorded,” Minister Naif added.  

According to the director of communicable and chronic diseases, Gulnaz Sheikh, nearly 80 percent of the injuries recorded were aged 15-50 years-old, “the majority of them were women”.  

The Syrian Ministry of Health revealed that they will receive 100 thousand doses of vaccine from Russia after completing the registration procedures in all the provinces.

The swine flu (H1N1) is a disease that affects the respiratory tract in humans, first appeared as an epidemic in 2009, and it mostly occurs in the late fall and winter.


Reporting by: Ehmed Herbi

Source: ARA News


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