WHO and NIH Clarify Influenza Situation in Pakistan

ISLAMABAD: World Health Organization (WHO) and National Institute of Health (NIH) classified influenza H1N1 seasonal flu in 2010. NIH has also released the data for seasonal flu testing during the current season.

The data reveals that out of 686 cases of seasonal flu from the twin cities tested at NIH 133 have been found positive.

A statement from NIH explained that influenza has been classified seasonal flu in 2010 and we are providing free testing service on the federal level at the institute.

The official brief informed that 7 free laboratories are working in Islamabad, Karachi, Lahore, Peshawar, Quetta, Multan, Gilgit and Muzaffarabad. These testing centres are fully functional.

Earlier, NIH released two advisory briefs during the current season informing citizens about hazards and precautions of seasonal flu. Training workshops and seminars were also conducted at government and private hospitals for public awareness, clarified the statement.

NIH statement also informed that; elderly, young ones, people suffering from obesity and pregnant women are especially prone to influenza virus.

NIH explained that yearly vaccination, cleanliness and usage of a mask can reduce the risk of flu.

Current Spree of Influenza

Influenza broke out from Multan during the current season reaching Bahawalpur and Dera Ghazi Khan. So far influenza has taken a toll of over 50 lives during the current outbreak.


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