Thirteen put under medical supervision on swine flu suspicion in western Turkey

SAKARYA: A total of 13 people, including seven children, were put under medical supervision on swine flu suspicion in the western province of Sakarya on Thursday.

The patients who went to the hospital on Wednesday in Pamukova district complaining of cold were diagnosed with pneumonia and their blood samples were sent to a laboratory in Ankara. Until the results of the samples are announced, the patients will be kept under a medical supervision in the hospital.

Emergency service of the hospital was closed temporarily and other patients are being treated in a separate place at the hospital.

According to a statement released by the Health Ministry on Wednesday, the number of people in Turkey who have died from the H1N1 virus, also known as swine flu, has risen to 42.

Many people in Turkey have become alarmed by the recent deaths from the H1N1 virus. However, although the Ministry of Health admits that swine flu cases are on the rise as a seasonal occurrence, it maintains that the situation does not amount to an epidemic. Experts state that no epidemic is expected and that the best way to tackle the disease is for individuals to practice good personal hygiene.