45-year-old man dies of H1N1 virus

01 Jul 2018 14:50pm
WINDHOEK, 01 JUL (NAMPA) - The Ministry of Health and Social Services (MoHSS) has confirmed the death of a 45-year-old man who was last week diagnosed with H1N1 virus, commonly known as Swine flu.
Upon enquiry on Sunday, Acting Deputy Permanent Secretary in the MoHSS, David Uirab said the deceased, whose identity has not yet been revealed, died in the Windhoek Catholic Hospital on Friday.
He added that the number of H1N1 diagnosis stood at seven on Friday, including a six-month-old boy who was admitted and treated for a flu-like illness on 22 June and later tested positive for the virus.
The Ministry, through a media statement issued last week, classified the virus as seasonal influenza after the 2009 pandemic.
The virus has been circulating in the last decade, all year round. However, cases peak during winter, meaning people will get ill from this particular strain.
The virus is primarily transmitted through coughing and sneezing or direct contact with surfaces contaminated with infected droplets.
People most at risk are children under the age of five years, elderly people over 65 years, pregnant women and people with weak immune systems.
Namibia experienced a large scale of the virus in 2009-2010, where over 8 000 cases were reported, of which 102 cases tested positive.
The ministry added that the best protection against H1N1 is seasonal flu vaccinations, which are available countrywide.
Other prevention measures include practicing respiratory hygiene by covering the nose and mouth with a tissue when sneezing or coughing and washing the hands often with soap and water.