Cases of Influenza on the rise in Vanua Levu

There is a rise in the level of influenza cases being reported at hospitals and health centers in the Northern division.

The Ministry of Health has cautioned members of the public to take extra care in the current cooler season.

“Respiratory disease is still among the top causes of illness and death in children under five (5) years of age.”
“As we head into the cooler and drier season, the Ministry expects an increase in respiratory illness while our influenza season is typically in the first few months of the year.”
“Signs and symptoms of influenza include:
• sudden onset of fever
• cough – usually dry and severe and can last up to two (2) weeks or more
• headache
• muscle and joint pain
• severe malaise (feeling unwell)
• sore throat
• runny nose.
“The Ministry urges members of the public to practice good respiratory etiquette when they cough or sneeze, and avoid gatherings where the flu can spread readily.”
‘Those with persisting and severe symptoms should visit the nearest health care facility for appropriate treatment.”

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