Swine flu: three new cases reported in PMB

2011-06-15 00:00

THE recent outbreak of swine flu in the country is not an epidemic because there is medication to treat the disease, says the National Institute for Communicable Diseases.

Spokesperson Nombuso Shabalala said yesterday that more than 200 South Africans are being treated for swine flu. Of these cases, 129 were reported in Gauteng and one school has been closed in an attempt to control the disease.

In 2009 swine flu claimed the lives of at least 91 South Africans, a third of them pregnant women.

In Pietermaritzburg the number of swine flu patients continues to rise, and by yesterday three new cases had been reported.

A private physician in the city confirmed that a 16-year-old patient has been diagnosed with the disease. She said she is sure her patient contracted the disease within Pietermaritzburg as he is a school pupil here and had not left the city.

“The moment I saw this patient I knew that he could be infected with swine flu so I put him on medication immediately and now he is going to be fine,” said the doctor.

A parent said his eight-year-old son is recuperating at home after being diagnosed with the disease.

St Charles College confirmed one case of the disease and warned of more infections. It told parents in a statement yesterday that a grade 10 pupil has been diagnosed with the disease.

Principal Allen van Blerk said the news will affect their sports schedule in the week and in the upcoming weekend.

A marketing official with Medi-Clinic in Pietermaritzburg was reported saying yesterday that the hospital has treated six patients for swine flu since May 27.

She said three of the patients have been released and three others are still in hospital and in a stable condition.

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