One confirmed dead from H1N1 in Windhoek

One confirmed dead from H1N1 in Windhoek
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A male patient in Windhoek has been confirmed dead from H1N1 seasonal influenza.
Speaking to NAMPA on Wednesday, Ministry of Health and Social Services Executive Director, Ben Nangombe, said the man died from H1N1 on Sunday at an unidentified health facility in the capital.
The deceased has not been identified.
H1N1 is a seasonal influenza as classified by the World Health Organisation (WHO) following the 2008/09 outbreak.
Nangombe said the ministry has mobilised surveillance mechanisms and has been monitoring the situation since the first seven cases were reported more than three weeks ago.
He said in winter time, there is always an increased amount of flu cases and urged the public to seek medical treatment.
“Antiviral treatment is available at public hospitals for laboratory-confirmed cases and vaccination shots against flu are available at private pharmacies,” he said.
Other prevention measures include practising respiratory hygiene by covering the nose and mouth with a tissue when sneezing or coughing and washing the hands often with soap and water, he added.