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News number: 8808111307

15:04 | 2009-11-02

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Tehran, H1N1 Flu Hits 17 Students

TEHRAN (FNA)- Five new confirmed cases of swine flu were reported in Tehran bringing the total number of swine flu cases among the students in the Iranian capital to 17.



Head Pubic Relations at Tehran Education Organization announced on that Sunday the capital's number of confirmed swine flu cases has increased by more than 5.

"The increasing number of students in state schools is alarming for Tehran authorities working to take effective measures in controlling the virus's spread," the Iranian students news agency quoted Ali Soleimani as saying.

Soleimani believes the severity of the symptoms is more typical of seasonal flu.

"However, even with a mild flu, we need to remain vigilant to prevent illness and watch for infections," he cautioned.

The H1N1 influenza virus, which originated in Mexico, can be prevented by maintaining strength in one's immune system by making healthy food choices, drinking enough water, and washing hands several times during the day.