There is no avian or swine flu outbreak, ministry says
Flu viruses“What we are witnessing currently is the heightened circulation of influenza flu viruses in Kenya.” In March last year, a suspected case of avian flu was reported in Nanyuki. A five-year-old boy died. The Sari virus is just as dangerous as the swine flu. Some of the symptoms listed by the World Health Organisation (WHO) are high temperatures of 38 degrees or above, a cough that lasts 10 days, and difficulty in breathing. Both flu strains are spread through contact with bodily fluids of an infected person. People with lower immunity like children, the elderly and those naturally prone to viral infections are at high risk. The ministry advised anyone exhibiting symptoms, including sore throat, headache and muscle aches, to seek treatment. “With common cold fever is rare, onset of symptoms quite gradual and there are rarely any aches or chills,” health officials said. Other precautions include high standards of sanitation practices like washing hands, disinfecting objects and surfaces, and drinking plenty of fluids. Swine flu, which originates from pigs, was declared a pandemic in 2009 by WHO after the virus ravaged Asian countries and spread to the human population. The Centre for Disease Control and Prevention estimates that swine flu has infected nearly 61 million persons in the US and caused the deaths of 12,469. Globally, 575,400 people have died.
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