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News number: 8806041377

16:39 | 2009-08-26

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Iran's Swine Flu Cases Rise to 285

TEHRAN (FNA)- Iran's swine flu cases rose to 285 after about 50 more people were infected with the H1N1 virus during the last week, the health ministry announced on Wednesday.



"285 people have been infected with the disease thus far," Bijan Sadrizadeh, a member of Iran's committee for fighting swine flu, reiterated.

Iran could somehow control or delay a pandemic of the disease in the country in mid-August after stopping flights to Saudi Arabia.

Two weeks ago, the Iranian Health Ministry announced that swine flu pandemic has slowed down in Iran after the country stopped pilgrimage trips to Saudi Arabia.

Iran decided to cease flights to Saudi Arabia from August 11 due to a swine flu pandemic in the Arab country.

An Iranian official said on Sunday that half of the Iranian patients infected with H1N1 virus are pilgrims retuning from Saudi Arabia.

Sadrizadeh further pointed out that patients in Saudi Arabia comprise 20% of the infections and 40% of the death toll in the east Mediterranean region.

Swine flu is a contagious respiratory disease which is a mixture of bird, pig and human genes. The virus can spread to people who have contact with infected pigs. It spreads when an infected person coughs or sneezes around someone else. People can become infected by touching something with the flu virus on it and then touching their mouth, nose, or eyes.

People can't get swine flu from eating pork or pork products. Eating properly cooked pork is safe. Cooking meat to an internal temperature of 160°F kills viruses and bacteria.

Symptoms of swine flu are similar to the common flu: fever, cough, sore throat, body aches, headache, chills and fatigue, and sometimes diarrhea and vomiting. Swine flu also can cause pneumonia, which can make it hard to breathe.