OUTBREAK OF N1 IN NAMIBIA EXPECTED TO INCREASE UNTIL END OF WINTER

WINDHOEK-- The outbreak of the Influenza A (N1) in Namibia is expected to continue at least until the current (Southern Hemisphere) winter ends, says Minister of Health and Social Services Bernard Haufiku.

The minister made the statement during a media briefing where an update was given on the the N1 outbreak and on the Hepatitis E outbreak here Thursday.

"Cases peak during the winter season and thus it is expected that there will be people getting ill with flu from this particular strain," Haufiku explained.

The first confirmed case of the N1 virus was reported by a private health facility in Windhoek on June 22, when a six-month-old baby tested positive for the virus.

Haufiku said so far, 16 laboratory confirmed cases and two deaths have been reported.

Meanwhile, since its outbreak in December last year, 147 cases of Hepatitis E have been confirmed and there have been 17 deaths so far.

Source: NAM NEWS NETWORK