Flu outbreak

HPA cautions public to be wary of an increase in flu cases

  • HPA appeals to practice sanitary and hygienic measures
  • Cases of flu and fever increase at this time every year
  • This increase comes with the return of Hajj pilgrims from Saudi

Zunana Zalif

K. Male' 2018 Aug 30 | Thu 18:24 4,575 local

H1N1 Swine Flu Center - Mohamed Sharuhaan

Health Protection Agency (HPA) has cautioned the general public to be wary of increasing cases of flu and viral fever following the return of Hajj pilgrims from Mecca, Saudi Arabia.

A statement released by the HPA stated that since it is believed that the days when Hajj pilgrims return from Mecca after their Hajj Pilgrimage are usually the days in which the most cases of flu and viral fever are recorded, the HPA cautions the public to take preventive measures and be wary of an increase in flu and viral fever cases especially as they spread easily.

HPA also appeals on all to give special attention to sanitary measures and hygiene these days.  They also appealed on all to refrain from going out in public if they catch the flu, especially to areas where there are children.

The statement also reads that a special flu clinic has been opened for Hajj pilgrims, in Indhira Gandhi Memorial Hospital (IGMH) from the 29th of August onward. The clinic is to be open for services from 06:00 pm to 12:00 am everyday.

HPA further appealed on the general public to consult a doctor as soon as they notice flu symptoms within 14 days after coming back from Mecca, such as continuous coughing as well as wheezing.

Last updated at: 3 weeks ago | Reviewed by: Miuvaan Mohamed

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