Stubborn Flu Bug Invades Zim

via RadioVop Zimbabwe – Stubborn Flu Bug Invades Zim 3 August 2014

Nearly 270 000 people have contracted influenza (flu) countrywide this year with more than 17 000 cases reported last week alone.

According to the National Health Report Week 29, 17 856 flu cases were reported last week, a figure almost double the 10 447 cases recorded during the same week last year.

By this time last year more than 181 549 flu cases had been reported.

Dr Portia Manangazira, director of epidemiology and disease control in the Health and Child Care Ministry, encouraged people with flu to visit their nearest health centres for medical attention. “With influenza we can only treat the symptoms and not the bug, hence we are making a call to the nation to visit health centres as soon as they realiee they have caught flu,” she said.

“The flu bug has a high strain that it may take a patient at least three weeks to heal, but it varies with individuals.”

Influenza is a viral infection that attacks one’s respiratory system (nose, throat and lungs). The flu virus travels through the air in droplets when an infected person coughs, sneezes or talks.

Common signs and symptoms of flu include fever, aching muscles, chills and sweats, headaches, fatigue and weakness, dry coughs and nasal congestion.

Every winter season, many people in the country experience the symptoms of colds and influenza.


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    feared by zanupf 7 years ago

    Its a western plot stupid !!!!!!!!

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    Angela Wigmore 7 years ago

    What do you expect? With worse and worse living conditions and lack of reasonably healthy diets, OF COURSE people are going to be more susceptible to illness!! And now there IS NO healthcare! Before I was forced to leave my Homeland through Mugabe’s idiot policies I always ensured the welfare of my staff and paid their wages on time. I wonder what has happened to them?

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    Tongoona 7 years ago

    What preventive and treatment measures has government put in place? Government must come up with free medical treatment for those under attack and free preventive measures for the nation.

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    Mukanya 7 years ago

    Zim-ASSET and EBOLA same

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    True Hero 7 years ago

    Where are you getting this silly information and bloody figures!