Iran reveals swine flue cases in pupils

Iran reveals swine flue cases in pupils

The number of the people infected with A/H1N1 ("Swine flue") has reached 649 in Iran and the virus is widely spread among pupils, the Iranian Health Ministry said, the Iranian Mehr news agency reported.

Last week the number of pupils infected with A/H1N1 increased. The doctors did not allow the pupils to come to school until full recovery, Director of the Center for Infectious Disease under the Iranian Health ministry, Mohammed Mehdi Guya said.

"The number of swine flu deaths in Iran has reached ten after deaths of a three-year-old girl, one baby and one pregnant woman," Guya added.

Iranian health officials have warned families about the high risk of contracting swine flu in the flu season.

According to the country's officials, adopting simple precautionary measures such as washing hands frequently, using a tissue at the time of coughing and sneezing and avoiding kissing can contain the virus.

Iranian authorities had earlier cancelled the Umrah (the minor pilgrimage) in the holy month of Ramadan with the aim of containing the A/H1N1 virus. In Iran, the first swine flue case was registered on July.14, Irna news agency reported.

The main symptoms of A (H1N1) include a high fever, but, unlike seasonal flu, often absent is the cough, runny or stuffy nose, sore throat, body aches, headache, chills, fatigue and tiredness. Extreme diarrhea and vomiting are sometimes experienced. However, more commonly seen than with seasonal flu, signs of a more serious swine flu infection may include pneumonia and respiratory failure.

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