South Africa now has six confirmed swine flu deaths, the health
ministry said on Monday.
Spokesman Fidel Hadebe said the National Institute of
Communicable Diseases confirmed three new cases at the weekend.
"The official H1N1 death toll in South Africa now stands at
six," said Hadebe. "All three cases belonged in the high-risk category. The two
ladies, a 27-year-old from the Eastern Cape, who also had diabetes, and a 23-year old-from KwaZulu-Natal, were pregnant. The third one, a 64-year-old from the Western Cape, was diabetic and had hypertension.
"The total number of confirmed cases in the country since the
first case in June now stands at 2 844."
He said the majority of cases continued to be mild. "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."
High-risk patients must seek help
But high-risk patients needed to seek help immediately. "People such as pregnant women, people with chronic heart or lung disease, people living with HIV and Aids and people with diabetes should seek urgent medical attention even if they have
mild symptoms," said Hadebe.
Those with mild symptoms need medical attention if they started
experiencing shortness of breath, chest pain, persistent vomiting,
diarrhoea and severe drowsiness or loss of consciousness.
The country's first H1N1 victim reported was 22-year-old
Stellenbosch University student Ruan Muller. The second swine flu
death was of a 15-year-old boy from Bloemfontein and the third, a
42-year-old man from the Western Cape. – (Sapa, August 2009)
H1N1 claims 2 pregnant women in SA
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