Colds and flu

16 September 2009

11,000+ swine flu infections in SA

Forty-seven people had died from swine flu in South Africa by Monday, the National Institute for Communicable Diseases said on Tuesday.

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Forty-seven people had died from swine flu in South Africa by Monday, the National Institute for Communicable Diseases said on Tuesday.

There had also been 11,253 laboratory-confirmed cases of the illness caused by the (A) H1N1 virus.

Of the people who died, 20 were pregnant women, five of whom were HIV-positive.

Underlying conditions identified for the 27 other people included obesity and diabetes, which accounted for most of the fatalities, followed by HIV/Aids and hypertension.

"In the majority of persons without any underlying conditions the illness remains mild and self-limiting," the institute said. – (Sapa, September 2009)

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Dr Heidi van Deventer completed her MBChB (Bachelor of Medicine and Bachelor of Surgery) degree in 2004 at the University of Stellenbosch.
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