Saturday, 28 November 2009

More villagers diagnosed with swine flu as fears rise

From The Citizen Daily, Dar es Salaam
By Frederick Katulanda, Mwanza

Fears of a swine flu spread are rising after eight more villagers were diagnosed with H1N1 at Ilula in Kwimba District on Thursday, bringing to 150 the number of people infected with the virus at the village.

It is also feared that the disese which is thought to spread mainly person-to-person through coughing or sneezing of infected people will reach other areas of Shinyanga, Mwanza and Mara regions.

Most Ilula villagers are unaware of the impact of the disease.

They travel freely in and out of the village using public transport due to lack of a surveillance mechanism. "We will all be infected should one commuter bus conductor contract the disease,"said a Kilima Hewa resident in Mwanza City, Mr Emmanuel Masato.

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