Zimbabwean health officials reported on July 9 that at least 12 people had died in 2018 in the ongoing influenza outbreak. In the week ending June 24, no deaths were reported but authorities registered nearly 10,000 new cases, largely in Masvingo and Midlands provinces. Officials reported on July 9 that more than 790,000 people had been affected by influenza since the beginning of 2018. The Ministry of Health urged people to dress warmly and to see a doctor if they exhibit any flu symptoms.
Influenza is a contagious virus that can spread from human to human. Symptoms include high fever, aching muscles, headache, and respiratory issues. Particularly vulnerable individuals include young children, the elderly, pregnant women, the obese, and individuals suffering from chronic diseases. An annual vaccine is available.
Individuals are advised to take preventive measures to minimize the risk of contracting or spreading the disease (e.g. wash hands thoroughly and frequently, avoid contact with sick individuals, etc.) and consult a medical professional regarding vaccination options.