Update February 22, 2015

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Country fully prepared to tackle Swine Flu

Sumel Sarker

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22 February 2015, Nirapad News; The Bangladesh government has kept its health offices on high alert about a possible outbreak of H1N1 virus, known for causing the lethal disease swine flu.

Swine flu that killed eight and infected nearly 1,500 in Bangladesh in 2009, however is still to be detected anywhere in Bangladesh this year.

But the alert notices follow an outbreak of the disease in neighbouring India. According to a BBC report, more than 700 people were killed since the disease took hold in mid-December.

The report also says the number of cases has doubled since last week to more than 11,000 while this year’s outbreak of the virus is the deadliest in India since 2010.

However, Bangladesh is very well prepared and has taken all the necessary precautions including arranging treatment facilities, drugs and other logistic supports for tackling the deadly virus, an official said.

“The swine flu season in Bangladesh is April-May and there is huge geographical gap between Bangladesh and the flu-hit place in India. But we have all the necessary drugs in store, the necessary treatment facilities and other logistic supports,” Mahmudur Rahman, director of Institute of Epidemiology, Disease Control and Research (IEDCR), told  yesterday.

Health Minister Mohammad Nasim has recently directed the district level hospitals and several specialized hospitals in Dhaka to be prepared to open special units and have a stockpile of relevant drugs in case there is an outbreak of the swine flu.

He has also ordered for keeping medical teams stationed at airports to check passengers coming in from India. The virus first appeared in Mexico in 2009 and rapidly spread around the world.

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