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Swine flu death toll rises to 44: Health ministry

The number of swine flu deaths has almost doubled in less than 10 days, with 342 diagnosed with the virus to date

Passant Darwish , Wednesday 12 Feb 2014
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File Photo: A women and her son wear face masks June 14 to avoid infection from the H1N1 virus at an underground train station in Cairo, Egypt. (Photo: reuters)
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Forty-four people have died from the H1N1 virus since 1 December 2013 until now, health ministry spokesman Ahmed Kamel told Ahram Online.

Kamel said that 342 cases have been diagnosed with the virus, commonly known as swine flu, during the same period.

The resurgence of swine flu, which was at the heart of a pandemic during 2009-2010, comes in the wake of a stronger strain of seasonal flu.

According to Kamel, hospitals have received 577,000 flu cases in recent months, and it is expected that 24 percent of them will be diagnosed with seasonal flu.

Seasonal flu has severe respiratory illness among its symptoms, which is common in both seasonal and swine flu. The similar symptoms have caused alarm among many Egyptians.

On 4 February, the health ministry announced 24 deaths from swine flu, doubling the number of deaths in less than 10 days.

The ministry seemed to downplay the extent of transmission of the virus and only recently announced an official toll after criticism from the Doctors' Syndicate.

Swine flu is a relatively new strain of influenza.

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R. de Werk
16-02-2014 09:24am
That confirms my suspicion: the number of deaths due to mismanagement, negligence, ignorance and lack of government (including traffic victims) is still much higher than those caused directly or indirectly by politics. Whoever becomes president has a big job ahead.
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12-02-2014 08:17pm
please stop
please stop calling it the 'pig' flu, feeding into certain religious taboos. WHO begged you to not murder hundreds of thousands of indigenous Egyptian pigs, that have no connection to what WHO began referring to as H1N1 FLU, pigs that ate all of Egypt's disease-breeding organic waste. as you state, all cases of H1N1 have been spread by humans. that chicken and pig flues start in crowded quarters in china is not worth mentioning, when you know the irrational reaction here
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