17 February 2013

Tunisia: Flu Kills 8, Including Two Pregnant Women - Ministry of Health

Tunis — Eight persons died of influenza this season, including two pregnant nurses working at the RegionalHospital of Gabes, the Ministry of Public Health said in a statement released Saturday.

Most of the victims were exposed people due to a lack of immunity, specified the statement.

The number of persons hit by the virus in the country has increased significantly from the third week of January, adds the ministry.

According to the same source, the influenza virus has been detected in 101 cases out of 399 samples, including 36 of the type H1N1, 9 H3N2, 54 type B as well as two samples type A whose strain has not been identified yet.

"The situation remains similar to the one prevailing in neighbour countries, including particularly France," said the Ministry of Health which, however, warns against the risk of infection by the A (H1N1) virus in people whose immunity is reduced, especially those with chronic diseases or obesity and among pregnant women.

"Between 10 and 40 deaths from flu are recorded each year," reminds the ministry, adding that pregnant women remain the most vulnerable.

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