A suspected swine flu outbreak has been detected in the Ngomahuru area, about 30km west of Masvingo town, a senior health official has confirmed.
Provincial medical director in the Ministry of Health and Child Welfare Robert Mudyiradima said 191 cases of the H1N1 virus that causes the disease were detected at Ngomahuru Hospital early this week.
“A suspected swine flu outbreak has been recorded and 191 people were treated. Some were transferred to Masvingo General Hospital where they were treated and discharged,” said Mudyiradima.
He said medical specimens have been sent to South Africa to determine if it is the disease, although the symptoms made them believe it was indeed swine flu.
“We are still trying to verify if it is swine flu, although the symptoms suggest that. We have since sent some samples for tests to South Africa and we are yet to get the results.”
Symptoms of swine flu include fever, coughing, vomiting, fatigue, headaches, nausea, vomiting and diarrhoea. Mudyiradima said no fatalities were recorded as the health authorities moved in swiftly to control further spread of the disease.
“No deaths were recorded as our health teams reacted fast to the outbreak. We managed to contain the disease and the situation is under control. We are however continuing with health education and our surveillance teams are still on the ground.”