Friday, July 24, 2009

South Africa remains mum on swine flu

SHOOT: Curiouser and curiouser by the day. Google News SWINE FLU SOUTH AFRICA and it seems South Africa's ADD media have moved on to the next big story. Not much coverage at all. I've heard a number of people saying 'It's no big deal' and 'It's paranoia.' As a result, swine flu has apparently sunk its teeth into every country in the world, but South Africans have managed to remain remarkably immune. Odd that, because my domestic worker described that she and all her neighbours suffered from chronic flu ["I was very very sick"] and said she also had stomach problems and were vomitting. No, the real news is the 2010 Soccer World Cup. What's a pandemic between friends?
Meanwhile children in the US are reportedly suffering seizures and hallucinations.
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Cape Town - South Africa will have to prioritise who receives swine flu vaccines, the executive director of the National Institute for Communicable Diseases (NICD) said on Thursday.
"Each country will have to decide who will be the recipients of the vaccine," Barry Schoub said in Cape Town after a lecture on the H1N1 or swine flu virus.
Schoub said he was "aware" that South Africa was negotiating for vaccine supplies.
"One will have to decide on a strategy on who should be prioritised," he said.
Some 113 cases of swine flu have been recorded in South Africa. Around 700 people globally have died from the virus.
The NICD said there might well be a spike in reported cases as children were known to be "reservoirs of viruses".
"We have reached a stage where we know the virus is all over the country and there is no point in testing each person," he said.
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