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Upsurge in flu cases

Vulnerable people have been urged to have their flu shot

Health authorities have seen an increase in cases of flu this past week, it emerged on Monday.

According to Maria Koliou, assistant director of the Makarios hospital paediatric clinic, eight out of ten cases going through medical centres concern the subtype H1N1.

Koliou said there has been one serious case, which required treatment at Nicosia general hospital.

She said there was a possibility for an upsurge of seasonal flu in coming days but there was no cause for concern.

Koliou, however, urged vulnerable groups to get their flu shots, stressing that it was the best protection.

Also referred to as swine flu, H1N1 caused a global pandemic in 2009. It is currently a regular flu virus that circulates worldwide.

Meanwhile, the ‘health minister’ in northern Cyprus Omer Gur announced that the north has seen five incidents thus far.

“There is nothing to cause alarm,” he was reported by Turkish Cypriot media as saying.

“The H1N1 virus can now be considered a seasonal flu.”

Still, he urged parents whose children are sick not to send them to school, and people who feel sick themselves to not go to work or wear a mask.

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