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Published On: Sun, Feb 9th, 2014

Egypt reports 38 H1N1 influenza deaths

The Egyptian Health Ministry confirmed 38 deaths related to the A/H1N1 virus, known as swine flu, including four physicians, since the beginning of last December, according to a Daily News Egypt report Sunday.

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In addition, there has been 318 cases of H1N1 influenza confirmed during the same time frame.

The Health Ministry said they will be keeping the nation apprised of the situation on a regular basis; however, critics say the ministry needs to “step up” measures to protect the public.

The influenza outbreak has prompted medics to threaten to go on strike unless vaccinated against the virus. The 2013-2014 seasonal flu vaccine protects against H1N1 influenza.

The ministry statement also warns that pregnant women, elderly citizens over the age of 65, children under two years of age, and people with respiratory diseases or circulatory problems are at higher risk of contracting the virus.

In total. since Dec. 1, Egypt has reported over 300,000 influenza-like illnesses.

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