MP Shah speaks out on Kenya influenza cases

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An influenza patient admitted at MP Shah Hospital is now in stable position, the hospital’s communication office has said.

The hospital’s communication department further confirmed that a patient brought to their hospital with symptoms of respiratory tract infection died on Friday July 19, 2019.

After MP Shah submitted samples to the National Public Health Laboratory and National Infuenza Centre, it was determined that the patient died of influenza.

MP Shah has assured the public that they have taken the necessary measures to contain the disease.

Over the weekend, there was a panic over a possible avian and spine flu outbreak. However on Monday, the Ministry of Health disputed those reports.

“The four cases reported in Nairobi County are of severe acute respiratory illness (SARI) caused by the influenza virus (type A/H3N2).One patient regrettably succumbed to the illness on July 19,” the Ministry of Health said in a statement.

The Ministry confirmed that the three surviving patients were receiving treatment from MP Shah, two admitted and one outpatient.

MP Shah has advised that those with ‘flu-like’ symptoms, should follow coughing etiquette and hand hygiene practices.

“If anyone has symptoms and fever not responding to common antipyretic medication, kindly seek medical advice from your nearest hospital,” a statement from MP Shah read.

Signs and symptoms of influenza resemble those of flu. They include a sudden onset of a sore throat, fever, headache, muscle-aches, chest congestion and a cough.

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