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News number: 8805211330

18:09 | 2009-08-12

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Iran's Swine Flu Cases Soar to 196

TEHRAN (FNA)- The health ministry announced on Wednesday that the number of Iranians infected with swine flu virus (H1N1) reached 196, with 53 of them pilgrims returning from Saudi Arabia.



"More than 90 percent of the patients have been treated completely or partially and the rest are under treatment," Head of the Health Ministry's Public Relations Department Abbas Zarenejad told FNA.

Zarenejad stressed that none of the patients needed to be hospitalized and just a few might have taken anti-flu drugs. "Others were cured by normal medications taken for cold, painkillers and home-resting."

He also reiterated that a large number of the patients are those who had contacts with pilgrims returning from Mecca.

In the meantime, Iranian Health Minister Kamran Baqeri Lankarani announced on Tuesday that swine flue has, thus far, taken no toll in Iran.

"The disease has taken no toll in Iran so far," Lankarani told reporters here in Tehran, stressing that his ministry is closely and continuously monitoring the conditions of the patients infected by swine flu virus A(H1N1).

Earlier, Lankarani had announced that the speed of swine flu pandemic in Iran has slowed down during the last week.

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

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.