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14:32 | 2009-08-23


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Iran's Swine Flu Cases Pass 200 Again

TEHRAN (FNA)- The health ministry announced on Wednesday that the number of Iranians infected with swine flu virus (H1N1) reached 238 once again, warning that the country should wait for an impending outbreak of the disease, specially in the cold season.

The number of swine flue cases in Iran reached 250 on August 19, but after pandemic of the disease slowed down mainly due to a stop of pilgrimage visits to Saudi Arabia, the number decreased and stood at 200.

"Iranian officials are fully prepared for a considerable raise in the number of infected cases expected to take place with the start of the cold season and the opening of schools and universities," Mohammad Mehdi Gouya, an official at the Iranian Health Ministry told MNA.

Gouya also stressed that the domestic cases account for some 18 percent of the cases, adding that 52 percent of the cases have recently returned from Hajj pilgrimage.

Earlier the Iranian Health Ministry had called on Iranians to avoid unnecessary trips to countries with reported cases of the H1N1, including the US, Mexico, Canada, the Philippines, Thailand and a number of European countries, including the UK and Germany.

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.

The drug for curing the disease is named Oseltamivir, an antiviral drug that is used in the treatment and prophylaxis of both Influenza virus A and Influenza virus B which is now being produced in Iran.

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.