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34 suspected cases of H1N1 influenza reported in Punjab

LAHORE (Web Desk) A total of 34 suspected cases of H1N1 influenza have been reported so far in Punjab this year with only one confirmed case whereas 443 cases were reported last year that resulted in 31 deaths, said an official of the World Health Organisation (WHO) on Thursday.

Surveillance and Response National Professional Officer Dr Jamshaid Ahmed, while addressing an awareness seminar on pandemic influenza at the University of Health Sciences (UHS), said that injectable influenza vaccine was the best immunity for those under threat. Preventive measures for those affected included coughing etiquette, social isolation, washing of hands, use of masks, rest and diet.

Dr Jamshaid further said that influenza viruses were a common cause of acute respiratory illnesses especially during the winter season.

“Since 2010, H1N1 influenza virus has moved into the post-pandemic period with the potential for local outbreaks. Since then regional outbreaks are reported in different parts of the world”, he added.

He said, “Swine and animal origin influenza rarely transmits to humans and every year there are cases of seasonal influenza to which people have some previous immunity.”

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