Wednesday, 2 December 2009

Act to tame epidemic

From The Citizen Daily, Dar es Salaam

The grim news coming out of the Lake Zone on the swine flu epidemic is that what the local health officials are confronted with is an enormous challenge that calls for a serious national response.

According to the Mwanza regional medical officer, Dr Meshack Massi, of the 221 swine flu patients, 30 have signs indicating that they may have contracted the new strain of the influenza 'A' virus, subtyped H1N1.

The epidemic has continued to spread around the world, with devastating consequences since it was first detected in March in Mexico, where it has claimed hundreds of lives.

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