H1N1 appears under control

14:32, February 12, 2011      

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The number of reported cases of the H1N1 virus has remained steady compared to years past, and China's Ministry of Health confirmed on Feb. 11 that it is unlikely that there will be a large-scale outbreak of the disease any time soon.

Reports show that we are at the influenza peak time. The number of flu cases is still climbing in southern China, but it has started to taper off in the northern parts after a peak in mid-January.

Currently, H1N1 and H3N2 are the two main virus strains of global influenza. The activity level of global influenza has shown an obvious decline when compared with 2009, the year that H1N1 fiercely attacked the world, experts said.

As of Feb. 8, nine provinces reported 20 deadly cases of H1N1 in 2011, much less than the 140 cases in the same period of the previous year. The seasonal flu shots on the WHO-recommended list are still effective, given that the H1N1 has not varied.

By Li Yancheng, People's Daily Online


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