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Bad news; Sharp increase in Influenza cases

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CAPE TOWN - The National Institute for Communicable Diseases (NICD) said that there'd been a sharp expansion in flu cases in the course of recent weeks in South Africa. 

The NICD said that there'd been countless cases since the beginning of the month - these incorporate the flu like disease and pneumonia hospitalised cases at observation sentinel destinations. 

It added that there'd been reports of bunches of flu cases in schools and working environments. 

The NICD's Cheryl Cohen: "The increment in flu this late spring, which isn't the normal time for the flu season in South Africa, is logical the aftereffect of the unwinding of non-drug intercessions to control COVID-19 joined with different factors, for example, decreased in susceptibility since influenza has not coursed beginning around 2020 and 2021." 

She focused on that the flu immunisation stayed the essential means for forestalling occasional flu contamination and ought to in a perfect world be controlled before the flu season from March to April. 

"To forestall the spread of flu, remain at home when you are wiped out, cover your mouth and nose when hacking or sniffling, clean your hands consistently and clean and sanitise normal spots."

NICD: SA flu spike likely due to relaxation of COVID measures, reduced immunity (

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Cheryl Cohen Influenza NICD National Institute for Communicable South


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