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Warning of swine flu

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H1N1 influenza is most easily spread during rainy season, say health officials. Supplied

The Health Ministry’s Communicable Disease Control Department yesterday issued a statement urging citizens to be aware of the influenza strain H1N1 that has the potential to spread rapidly during the rainy season.

CDC chief Ly Sovann noted that no H1N1 cases have yet been recorded in Cambodia, but epidemics in Myanmar and India have the ministry concerned.

Mr Sovann said Myanmar and India have reported severe epidemics of H1N1, or swine flu, and were forced to request intervention from the World Health Organisation.

“According to research by the Communicable Disease Control Department, we found that in our country, the rainy season is the time during which the flu can spread,” he said.

Mr Sovann said citizens should be cautious and take steps to prevent the spread of the disease.

He added that symptoms of the flu include a fever with a cough or sore throat, combined with exhaustion.

He said if anyone experiences such symptoms for more than three days, they should immediately see a doctor.

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