Two swine flu patients cured in Iran: official

July 19, 2009 - 0:0

TEHRAN (FNA)- Officials said two of the three Iranian nationals affected by H1N1 virus have been treated, while no new case of swine flu has been recorded in the country.

Mohammad Mehdi Gouya, an official at Iranian Health Ministry, said in an interview with FNA on Saturday that the two patients have been infected with the virus during the Hajj rituals in Saudi Arabia.
""After diagnosing the two patients affected by the swine flu, namely a 57 year-old woman with respiratory infection and a young 24 year-old man who had returned from the Hajj pilgrimage, both went under treatment and were cured,"" Gouya added.
He also reiterated that the associates of the two patients also went under close examination, and assured that no new case of infection with swine flu has been witnessed in the country.
Iran reported first case of swine flu when a 16-year-old adolescent living in the U.S. tested positive for the H1N1 virus upon arrival in Tehran. The boy suffered from respiratory infection.
Gouya announced that according to a directive by the Iranian Vice-President for Executive Affairs, all Iranians over 65 and below 5 years of age, pregnant women, patients with heart and respiratory problems, diabetics and those suffering from immunity deficiencies are banned from travelling to Saudi Arabia.
With three lab-confirmed cases of swine flu, Iranian health officials announced on Tuesday that 200 individuals are suspected of having been infected with the AH1N1 virus.
Earlier the Iranian health ministry had called on Iranians to avoid unnecessary trips to countries with reported cases of the H1N1, including the U.S., Mexico, Canada, the Philippines, Thailand and a number of European countries, including the UK and Germany.
The disease is reported in 84 countries of the world, including seven neighboring countries of Iran.
Swine flu is a contagious respiratory disease which is a mixture of bird, pig and human genes. The virus can spread to people who have contact with infected pigs. It spreads when an infected person coughs or sneezes around someone else. People can become infected by touching something with the flu virus on it and then touching their mouth, nose, or eyes.
People can't get swine flu from eating pork or pork products. Eating properly cooked pork is safe. Cooking meat to an internal temperature of 160°F kills viruses and bacteria.
The drug for curing the disease is named Oseltamivir, an antiviral drug that is used in the treatment and prophylaxis of both Influenza virus A and Influenza virus B which is now being produced in Iran.
Symptoms of swine flu are similar to the common flu: fever, cough, sore throat, body aches, headache, chills and fatigue, and sometimes diarrhea and vomiting. Swine flu also can cause pneumonia, which can make it hard to breathe.