One million Iranians contracted swine flu
Iran's Minister of Health Marzieh Vahid-Dastjerdi has announced that more than a million individuals have tested positive for A/H1N1 virus in the country, Press TV reported.
"According to infectious disease specialists, more than a million Iranians have so far returned positive results for A/H1N1 virus infection across the country," Vahid-Dastjerdi told reporters in a press conference on Wednesday.
"The Iranian health ministry only announces the A/H1N1 virus proven cases," she added.
According to the latest statistics, some 3,672 Iranians have contracted the A/H1N1 virus which has claimed the lives of at least 140 people in the country.
The Iranian health official also pointed out that the country would face a new wave of swine flu as the weather gets colder and Iranian Hajj pilgrims return home from Saudi Arabia.
"All the Iranian Hajj pilgrims will be examined at airports both in Saudi Arabia and Iran," she further explained.
Meanwhile, Vahid-Dastjerdi said that the swine flu vaccine will arrive in Iran in ten days.
The Iranian health official warned that individuals should see a doctor if they exhibit any influenza-like symptoms such as fever, headache, nausea, fatigue or general weakness, common to both swine flu and seasonal flu.
Hundreds of schools in the country have been closed as a precaution against the spread of the A/H1N1 flu among students.
Iranian authorities decided to not allow Iranians to participate in the Umrah (minor hajj pilgrimage) during the holy month of Ramadan (the month of September for 2009)with the aim of containing the spread of the A/H1N1 virus.
Developing the symptoms of the A-H1N1 influenza virus, which originated in Mexico, can be prevented by healthily maintaining one's immune system with healthy food choices, sufficient fluid consumption and the washing of one's hands several times a day.