Bulgaria Health Minister: Don't Scare People by Calling it Swine Flu

Society | October 31, 2009, Saturday // 11:07| Views: | Comments: 0
Bulgaria Health Minister: Don't Scare People by Calling it Swine Flu: Bulgaria Health Minister: Don't Scare People by Calling it Swine Flu Nanev said Saturday that “the new influenza virus is a modified influenza virus ‘A’ and let's not scare people by calling it swine flu.” Photo by Sofia Photo Agency

Bulgaria Health Minister, Bozhidar Nanev, has stated that there are currently 277 laboratory-proven cases of the A(H1N1) virus - swine flu, in Bulgaria.

Nanev said Saturday that “the new influenza virus is a modified influenza virus ‘A’ and let's not scare people by calling it swine flu,” Darik Radio reported.

He added; "Every day cases will increase, but this does not mean that difference and our attitude must be different. To have an epidemic situation in a given region 180-200 people in every 10 000 have to have signs of the virus."

Nanev continued that a meeting of the Pandemic Committee has decided not to make a laboratory test on every reported case – only the most serious – “with certain symptoms that are typical of the flu it can be assumed that people are carriers of the A(H1N1) virus.”

Nanev concluded that only Nikopol and Targovishte have currently declared a flu epidemic.

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