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70 cases of swine flu confirmed

by Rodney Pienaar

The ministry of health today confirmed 70 cases in which Namibians tested positive for swine flu. 

Windhoek top the list of confirmed cases with (35); Okahandja (24); six from Rehoboth; two from Gobabis and one each from Aranos; Katima Mulilo and Ondangwa.  

Out of these confirmed cases 28 are children who are aged five and younger; 10 are aged between five and nine, 32 cases in people between the ages of 10 and 80.  

According to the acting permanent secretary of the ministry, Petronella Masabane, since the first cases were reported by private health facilities in Windhoek during the month of June, there has been an increase in cases that were reported and the public needs to take necessary precautions.   

“Precautions include practicing respiratory hygiene by covering the nose and mouth with a tissue when sneezing or coughing and washing the hands regularly with soap. The virus has been circulating for the last decade all year round. However, cases peak during winter meaning people will get ill from this particular strain,” she explained. 

She added that Namibia experienced a large scale of outbreaks of the virus in the period between 2009 and 2010 where over 8 000 cases were reported of which 102 cases tested positive.