The Ministry of Public Health has reported an “alarming” spike in cases of influenza and other respiratory ailments amid an ongoing cold snap. Some 240,000 total cases have been confirmed nationwide since the beginning of the year as of mid-June, including around 100 deaths. The government is calling on the population to take measures to stop the spread of the virus, e.g. washing hands frequently throughout the day and consulting a doctor if flu-like symptoms begin to develop.
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 and to consult a medical professional regarding vaccination options.