Health Warning: Flu from the Same Strain as H1N1 Spreading in New Zealand

Saturday, March 29, 2014
By Paul Martin

By Reissa Su
March 27, 2014

A flu strain similar to the H1N1 or more commonly known as swine flu is currently sweeping over New Zealand. The pre-winter flu virus has prompted health authorities to encourage New Zealanders to have their flu shots early.

According to reports, the flu pandemic is caused by the same flu strain, which struck down 780,000 people in 2009. One in every three school-age children had the flu.

Hawke’s Bay Hospital has already reported eight cases of H1N1. One female patient in her 50s has remained in critical condition for 13 days. An office in Wellington came in contact with the flu virus in February while people from Christchurch and Omauru were reported having the acute illness only within the week.

Local reports also confirmed two cases of H1N1 in the small farming town of Geraldine in South Canterbury. The town has suffered the flu virus that almost closed down the local general physician after staff became unwell with the virus.

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