Swine flu: Toll in South Africa touches six

Last Updated: Monday, August 17, 2009 - 13:12

Durban: With three more people succumbing to swine flu in South Africa, the official death toll due to the disease has touched six.
The National Institute of Communicable Diseases (NICD) today said that all the three cases belonged in the high-risk category.

"The total number of confirmed cases in the country since the first case in June now stands at 2,844," the Health Department said in a statement today.

The department said the majority of confirmed cases in South Africa were mild, and this continued to be a trend internationally.

"Mild symptoms include runny or blocked nose, fever, muscle aches and pain, cough and such cases will not need any specialised medical care as nothing should happen to them," the Health Department said.

The Department said people who do not belong in this high-risk category should seek urgent medical attention when they develop moderate or severe symptoms.

Testing for H1N1, known as swine flu, is only done on recommendation by a doctor and it is conducted on specific cases like in high-risk categories or on those with moderate or severe symptoms.

Bureau Report



First Published: Monday, August 17, 2009 - 13:12
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