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Flu-like sickness hits Zimbabweans

by Staff reporter
26 May 2024 at 13:46hrs | Views
The Ministry of Health and Child Care (MoHCC) in Zimbabwe has completed investigations into a rise in flu-like illnesses nationwide, reassuring the public that the symptoms align with common colds typical during the current winter season.

Concerns had arisen that the deadly Covid-19 pandemic, which caused numerous fatalities locally, regionally, and globally in recent years, might be resurging.

Secretary of Health and Child Care, Aspect Maunganidze, addressed these concerns in an interview with, stating, "The current wave of flu-like illnesses appears to be from common colds associated with the winter season we have just entered. There hasn't been any increase in confirmed Covid-19 cases."

The ministry will continue to monitor flu-like illnesses to detect any potential outbreak of a new Covid-19 variant. Maunganidze added, "The Ministry will remain alert to identify any worrisome symptoms or trends and will advise on any appropriate measures to be taken."

According to the latest report from the MoHCC, cases of the flu have been increasing, but there have been no reported deaths from the illness nationwide.

The Disease Surveillance Report as of the week ending on May 12, 2024, stated, "3956 suspected influenza cases and zero deaths were reported this week. The provinces with the highest number of suspected influenza cases were Mashonaland East (1118) and Mashonaland Central (1114). The cumulative figures for influenza are 91,439 cases and 0 deaths," according to the latest MOHCC data report.

Source - online