Wednesday, December 9, 2015
Mutated flu virus in Iran continues to kill people.
Mutated flu virus in Iran continues to kill people. (Taz).
At least 33 people have died after contracting the virus, while 600 people have been hospitalized.
At least 33 people have died from a swine flu virus outbreak in two provinces of southwestern Iran in the past three weeks, the country’s deputy health minister, Ali-Akbar Sayyari, said Monday.
Mr. Sayyari also said the virus, known as H1N1, was likely to spread to other areas, including Tehran, the capital and Iran’s largest city with about 8.3 million people.
Iranian physician Ali Shekofteh told Trend that the mutated virus has emerged due to small changes in the genes of influenza viruses that happen continually over time. He added that flu viruses usually change and mutate on a constant basis.
Shekofteh dismissed the idea that the virus came to Iran from the neighboring countries.
He said that sometimes the mentioned mutations occur when virus is transmitted to people from animals, and the consequences could be deadly.
Shekofteh explained that the virus that is currently spreading in Iran, can cause heart and lung diseases, which mostly transmit by direct contact with infected individuals.
Shekofteh agrees that the above mentioned factors prevent proper care for flu-affected patients, as the sickness intensifies and eventually leads to multiple organ failure.
Previously, Iran's health minister, Hassan Ghazizadeh Hashemi said the virus is spreading in Iran's south-eastern regions. Hmmmm......Perhaps time Airports take notice of this before an pandemic starts.Read the full story here.