Health minister denies swine flu outbreak amid 19 deaths in 6 day

Health Minister Mehmet MuezzinoIlu announced on Monday that 19 people died from the H1N1 virus, also known as swine flu, in the last week in Turkey, but the minister said the recent cases do not constitute an outbreak of the disease. In his remarks during a press conference in Ankara, MuezzinoIlu informed the public that 39 people have died due to influenza, with 30 dying as a result of the H1N1 virus.

He stated that 366 patients out of 4,300 suffering fro

Health Minister Mehmet ManduumlezzinoIlu announced on Monday that 19 people died from the H1N1 virus, also known as swine flu, in the last week in Turkey, but the minister said the recent cases do not constitute an outbreak of the disease.

In his remarks during a press conference in Ankara, ManduumlezzinoIlu informed the public that 39 people have died due to influenza, with 30 dying as a result of the H1N1 virus.

He stated that 366 patients out of 4,300 suffering from influenza were diagnosed with swine flu since the start of 2014. He also said the number of patients admitted to hospitals with the flu has increased in the last 15-20 days.

The health minister said a more detailed statement will be made on Wednesday.

andldquoIn the last two days, the numbers have begun to drop.

The peak period has ended and we have reason to believe that we have moved on to decreasing numbers, especially since the weekend,andrdquo ManduumlezzinoIlu said on Monday.

However, Active Health Services Personnel and Social Service Workers Union (Aktif SaIlIk-Sen)hairman Handuumlseyin Ayhan told Todayand#39s Zaman that the number of those who died due to swine flu is even higher than the number mentioned by the minister He said 41 people died from swine flu within February and March, adding that 13 patients are now receiving treatment in intensive care units of hospitals in various provinces across the country.

Saying that the number of swine flu cases has not reached the level of outbreak yet, Ayhan urged the Ministry of Health to take the necessary measures to prevent the disease from spreading more.

Ministry of Health Undersecretary Eyanduumlp GanduumlmanduumlI, speaking at a press conference on March 17, acknowledged that there has been an increase in swine flu cases, a seasonal hike similar to that seen in previous years, but said the numbers did not constitute an outbreak.

In 2014, there were 170 diagnosed cases of the disease, of which 11 proved to be fatal. According to GanduumlmanduumlI, these cases were in the provinces of Antalya, andCcedilanakkale, Kocaeli, Mersin, Samsun and Sivas.

The Ministry of Health is conducting research in these provinces to figure out whether there is an epidemic, added GanduumlmanduumlI.

The ministry has stepped up its efforts to tighten measures against the disease, and state hospitals will provide free treatment to those infected.

GanduumlmanduumlI also highlighted the importance of going to a doctor in the early stages of swine flu, when it appears to the patient as a particularly dominant strain of influenza they canand#39t overcome. Doctors list the symptoms of swine flu as sore throat, headache, overall body pain, runny nose, coughing, difficulty breathing, vomiting, diarrhea and a high fever

Speaking to Todayand#39s Zaman, Professor Iftihar Kandoumlksal, president of the National Association of Infectious Diseases and Clinical Microbiology Specialists of Turkey (EKMUD), claimed that cases of the H1N1 virus are more serious than other seasonal influenza, saying the disease strengthens quickly and can cause other serious health complications such as sudden respiratory failure, adding that this infection can quickly and negatively affect the central nervous system

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SOURCE: Today’s Zaman