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The first swine flu infection in Sulaimaniyah, Iraqi Kurdistan  22.1.2013


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January 22, 2013

SULÊMANÎ, Kurdistan region 'Iraq',— Health Minister in Kurdistan Regional Government, Dr. Mohamed Rashid announced that the first infection of swine flu recorded Monday in Sulaimaniyah to a woman at the age of 64 years.

He pointed out that the infected woman is now under intensive care, noting that the relevant authorities have taken all the necessary measures to control the disease, adding that the infected woman's health is stable for the time being.

The minister noted that any death or other infection cases have not recorded so far.

In June 2009, six cases of swine flu H1N1 have been recorded in Sulaimaniyah province, and three more cases of swine flu recorded 2 days later.

In 2009 death cases of the Swine Flu in Kurdistan Region hit 6. The infections with Swine Flu (H1N1) virus in Kurdistan Region reached to 68, 4 in Duhok, of them died, 42 in Erbil 2 of them died and 22 in Sulaimaniyah 3 of them died and other


cases got the required treatment and left the hospital, the official Spokesman of health ministry in Kurdistan Regional Government Dr. Khalis Qadir said in Dec.2009.

In February 2011, the Iraqi Health Ministry reports the first swine flu infection was registered in Kurdistan Region.

A 2-year-old Kurdish girl died in UK from died from swine flu in in January 2011.

Influenza (H1N1) symptoms are similar to those caused by ordinary seasonal flu.

Swine influenza, also called pig influenza, swine flu, hog flu and pig flu, is an infection caused by any one of several types of swine influenza viruses. Swine influenza virus (SIV) or swine-origin influenza virus (S-OIV) is any strain of the influenza family of viruses that is endemic in pigs. As of 2009, the known SIV strains include influenza C and the subtypes of influenza A known as H1N1, H1N2, H2N1, H3N1, H3N2, and H2N3.

Swine influenza virus is common throughout pig populations worldwide. Transmission of the virus from pigs to humans is not common and does not always lead to human flu, often resulting only in the production of antibodies in the blood. If transmission does cause human flu, it is called zoonotic swine flu. People with regular exposure to pigs are at increased risk of swine flu infection.

During the mid-20th century, identification of influenza subtypes became possible, allowing accurate diagnosis of transmission to humans. Since then, only 50 such transmissions have been confirmed. These strains of swine flu rarely pass from human to human. Symptoms of zoonotic swine flu in humans are similar to those of influenza and of influenza-like illness in general, namely chills, fever, sore throat, muscle pains, severe headache, coughing, weakness and general discomfort.

In August 2010, the World Health Organization declared the swine flu pandemic officially over.

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