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Flu season is likely to bring on a number of cases of the H1N1 virus, which killed four out of the 27 cases recorded last year, the health ministry said on Thursday.
Since the last week of December an increasing number of people have been visiting hospitals islandwide with flu symptoms, according to Dr Maria Koliou head of the of Infectious Diseases Monitoring Unit at the ministry but so far the numbers were not alarming.
Koliou told the Cyprus News Agency that last year’s wave of influenza and H1N1 began in the last week of December. She said symptoms usually start suddenly and include high fever, aching muscles and joints, headache, extreme tiredness, runny nose, sore throat and cough (usually dry). The virus can last from two to seven days but the cough may persist for some time.
Most vulnerable to the H1N1 strain would be the elderly or those people with underlying medical conditions, Koliou said, adding that in the case of the four recorded deaths last year, this was the case.
She also urged people to avail of the flu vaccine, saying it was not too late for the jab.

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