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8 swine flu deaths in Egypt today, 559 new cases in the last week

56 swine flu deaths this season with 8 more announced today across the country

Rim Leila, Monday 27 Dec 2010
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The ministry of health announced that 8 people died from swine flu today in the governorates of Giza, Gharbeya, Sharkeya, Fayyoum, and Assiout.

Since October, there have been 1152 cases of swine flu, including 56 deaths.

The ministry of health's spokesman, Abdel Rahman Shaheen, stated that the ministry detected 559 cases of swine flu in the period between 19 December to 25 December.

According to the ministry’s lab results, swine flu (H1N1) is spreading at the normal rate for seasonal influenza.

The ministry stressed that it is vital for patients to seek medical help, specifically the elderly, children, pregnant women and those who suffer from underlying diseases.

The Tamiflu antiviral medication, one of the most commonly prescribed treatments for swine flu, is available to patients for free in government hospitals. It can also be purchased from private pharmacies.

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