Flu outbreak prompts health warning

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The Health Ministry is urging the public to avoid spreading flu during rainy season, as doctors attempt to contain an outbreak affecting more than 200 families.
Officials said up to 700 people in two villages in Koh Nhek district, Mondulkiri province, have come down with flu over the past week.
Provincial governor Svay Sam Eang went to visit the area and educate locals about stopping the spread.
“The first villagers came down with the illness on Tuesday, but it exploded and hundreds of people were sick by Friday,” he said. “I ordered health officials to provide treatment to the victims and prevent them spreading the disease to other villages.”  
Mr Sam Eang said residents were recovering and his team was hopeful the infections had been contained.  
“Between 600 and 700 people became sick, or about four or five members in each family,” he said, adding that doctors were awaiting test results to confirm which strain of flu was responsible.
Health Ministry spokesman Ly Sovann said medics were caring for those affected.
“We are keeping a close eye on them. There have been no fatalities,” he said.
The Communicable Disease Control Department yesterday issued an advisory explaining the symptoms of seasonal influenza.
“Those infected suffer from a high fever, sore throat, dry cough and can develop serious breathing difficulties,” it said.
“To treat influenza, patients can take medicines to reduce their temperature, drink a lot of water, sleep, reduce physical activity and eat food containing high quantities of vitamin C.”
The statement added that people should not use antibiotics when they have flu, because the medication is not capable of killing the virus.
If people with the virus do not start recovering within three days or develop breathing problems, they should seek medical attention immediately, it said.

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