Giovedì, 18 Ottobre 2018

Fears subside over possible Sardinia swine flu outbreak


Cagliari, January 4 - Health authorities on the
island of Sardinia allayed fears of a possible outbreak of swine
flu on Friday after a man showed symptoms of the H1N1 virus.
''It is normal that that the strain should have reappeared,
since it has been circulating since 2009, and its virulence is
equal or even inferior to other kinds of influenza that have
been spreading across the island in recent weeks,'' regional
sources said.
''We are equipped not only to tackle the emergency which
does not currently exist, but also less serious cases that can
be handled by the local health authorities in Sassari and
cagliari,'' said regional health councillor Simona De Francisci,
adding that residents should contact their general practitioner
rather than going to the local accident and emergency department
at the first sign of flu symptoms.
On Thursday doctors in the Sardinian hospital of Lanusei
said that a 46-year-old man had been admitted with bilateral
pneumonia, high fever and respiratory problems, all associated
with swine flu.
He was subsequently transferred to Milan's San Raffaele
hospital where the H1N1 virus was confirmed.
Italian health authorities said that H1N1 has a fatality
rate of 0.03%, compared to 0.1% for the regular seasonal flu.

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