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    Zambia confirms five cases of A/H1N1 flu

    2009-07-29 14:55:00

    LUSAKA, July 29 (Xinhua) -- Zambia has confirmed five cases of the A/H1N1 flu, local newspaper the times of Zambia reported on Wednesday.

    Four cases were recorded in Ndola city on the Copperbelt province while one case was recorded in Lusaka, the Zambian capital, the newspaper said.

    Reuben Mbewe, the spokesperson for the Zambian Ministry of Health, has urged the public not to be panic because the country has put in place all necessary measures including monitoring the situation in all entry points.

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    Re: Zambia - Cases - 16

    Source: http://www.nation.co.ke/News/africa/.../-/136vlrhz/-/

    Zambia swine flu cases rise to 16
    Posted Saturday, September 12 2009 at 14:24
    In Summary

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    Latest cases are of two Lusaka nurses that were attending to patients.
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    Ministry of Health has increased its awareness programmes on H1N1.

    Zambia has recorded 16 cases of swine flu since the outbreak of the disease in the country in July.

    The latest cases are of two Lusaka nurses that were attending to patients.

    The first three cases of H1N1 in Zambia were discovered in July and the number has been increasing since then.

    “Since the outbreak in July, we have recorded 16 cases so far,” said Dr Reuben Kamoto-Mbewe, spokesperson for the ministry of health.

    “We have established a laboratory at the University Teaching Hospital in Lusaka that is handling those cases.”

    Only two patients have been discharged after recovery but the rest remain quarantined.

    The World Health Organisation (WHO) has given vaccines for the diseases to the Ministry of Health and is due to deliver a third consignment of the vaccine for swine flu, Tami-flu tablets.

    The government through the Ministry of Health has increased its awareness programmes on H1N1.

    The Ministry has formulated several TV, radio and newspaper adverts to sensitise people on how to avoid catching the deadly diseases that has killed dozens in other parts of the world.

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    • #3
      Re: Zambia - Cases - 16

      http://www.postzambia.com/content/view/13590/50/

      Kafue Gorge hospital records suspected swine flu case
      Written by Henry Chibulu in Mazabuka
      HEALTH authorities at Kafue Gorge hospital in Mazabuka have recorded a suspected swine flu case.
      Staff from the information department told ZANIS in Mazabuka that the suspected case involved a student from Kafue Gorge Regional Centre who showed symptoms similar to those of swine flu.

      The staff who did not want to be named however said the named patient was attended to at the out-patient department on Friday afternoon between 11:00 hours and 13:00 hours and was briefly quarantined and later discharged at 14 hours.

      The staff also said a team of medical personnel from Mazabuka district health office led by acting district director of health, Martha Musweu, visited the area to investigate the case.

      They also disclosed that to date, no swine flu vaccines had been sent to the area despite threats of the disease.

      Musweu could not comment on the matter as her mobile phone was switched off.

      But sources at Mazabuka district health office confirmed having recorded one case of suspected swine flu at Kafue Gorge but declined to give further details.

      However, Namalundu ward councillor Beatrice Halooba who had rushed to the hospital said preliminary investigations had established that the disease was not swine flu but an ordinary flu.

      But Chief Mwanachingwala has challenged the Ministry of Health in Mazabuka to state whether the district was geared for any possible outbreak of swine flu.

      He said as far as he was concerned, the district was not prepared because there had never been any deliberate sensitisation programmes carried out by health staff despite the district receiving a lot of foreigners at some companies.

      Chief Mwanachingwala said the District Epidemic Preparedness Committee had not convened to discuss how prepared the district was in the event that swine flu broke out.

      And Mazabuka district commissioner Tyson Hamaamba expressed ignorance on whether the district had received swine flu vaccines

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        Re: Zambia - Cases - 16

        And an EAFR ProMed posting.

        http://eafr.promedmail.org/

        ProMED-EAFR:East Africa

        Most Recent Alert
        View printable version
        Published Date
        2009-09-16 16:38:42
        Subject
        PRO/EAFR> Influenza pandemic (H1N1) 2009 (27): Zambia (Mazabuka),
        Archive Number
        20090916.202300
        Full Text
        INFLUENZA PANDEMIC (H1N1) 2009 (27): ZAMBIA (MAZABUKA), SUSPECTED,
        REQUEST FOR INFORMATION
        ************************************************** ****************************************
        Date: 15 Sep 2009
        Source: The Post [edited]
        http://www.postzambia.com/content/view/13590/50/


        Kafue Gorge hospital in Mazabuka, Zambia records suspected swine flu case
        -------------------------------------------------------------------------
        Health authorities at Kafue Gorge hospital in Mazabuka have recorded
        a suspected swine flu case. Staff from the information department
        told ZANIS [Zambia News and Information Services] in Mazabuka that
        the suspected case involved a student from Kafue Gorge Regional
        Centre who showed symptoms similar to those of swine flu.

        The staff, who did not want to be named however, said the named
        patient was attended to at the out-patient department on Friday
        afternoon [11 Sep 2009] between 11:00 hours and 13:00 hours and was
        briefly quarantined and later discharged at 14 hours. The staff also
        said a team of medical personnel from Mazabuka district health office
        led by acting district director of health, Martha Musweu, visited the
        area to investigate the case.

        They also disclosed that to date, no swine flu vaccines had been sent
        to the area despite threats of the disease. Musweu could not comment
        on the matter as her mobile phone was switched off. But sources at
        Mazabuka district health office confirmed having recorded one case of
        suspected swine flu at Kafue Gorge but declined to give further details.

        However, Namalundu ward councillor Beatrice Halooba who had rushed to
        the hospital said preliminary investigations had established that the
        disease was not swine flu but an ordinary flu. But Chief
        Mwanachingwala has challenged the Ministry of Health in Mazabuka to
        state whether the district was geared for any possible outbreak of
        swine flu. He said as far as he was concerned, the district was not
        prepared because there had never been any deliberate sensitisation
        programmes carried out by health staff despite the district receiving
        a lot of foreigners at some companies. Chief Mwanachingwala said the
        District Epidemic Preparedness Committee had not convened to discuss
        how prepared the district was in the event that swine flu broke out.
        And Mazabuka district commissioner Tyson Hamaamba expressed ignorance
        on whether the district had received swine flu vaccines.

        [Byline: Henry Chibulu]

        --
        Communicated by:
        ProMED-EAFR


        [As of 14 Sep 2009, Zambia had officially reported 20
        laboratory-confirmed cases of influenza pandemic (H1N1) with no deaths
        http://www.afro.who.int/ddc/influenzaa/index.html. A clarification
        on the extent of preparedness and response activities for the
        influenza pandemic (H1N1) in Mazabuka district will be appreciated.

        Mazabuka can be found in the Promed/Health Map interactive map of Zambia at:
        http://healthmap.org/r/00P0. - Mod.JFW]


        [see also:
        Influenza pandemic (H1N1) 2009 (26): Namibia [to be archived]
        Influenza pandemic (H1N1) 2009 (25): WHO update 65 20090914.202051
        Influenza pandemic (H1N1) 2009 (24): Malawi (Mangochi) 20090914.202052
        Influenza pandemic (H1N1) 2009 (23): Namibia, fatal 20090909.201979
        Influenza pandemic (H1N1) 2009 (22): Second wave plan, WHO 20090831.201549
        Influenza pandemic (H1N1) 2009 (20): South Africa 20090827.201492
        Influenza pandemic (H1N1) 2009 (19): Zimbabwe 20090823.201393
        Influenza pandemic (H1N1) 2009 (18): Mozambique 20090818.201313
        Influenza pandemic (H1N1) 2009 (17): Congo DR (Katanga) 20090817.201267
        Influenza pandemic (H1N1) 2009 (16): Cameroon 20090817.201262
        Influenza pandemic (H1N1) 2009 (15): WHO UPDATE 20090814.201226
        Influenza pandemic (H1N1) 2009 (14): SOUTH AFRICA 20090814.201227
        Influenza pandemic (H1N1) 2009 (13): SUDAN (KHARTOUM) 20090812.201200
        Influenza pandemic (H1N1) 2009 (12): SWAZILAND ex ITALY 20090801.201013
        Influenza pandemic (H1N1) 2009 (11): WHO/AFRO update 20090723.200726
        Influenza pandemic (H1N1) 2009 (10): Egypt 20090723.200725
        Influenza pandemic (H1N1) 2009 (09): WHO/AFRO update 20090721.200696
        Influenza pandemic (H1N1) 2009 (08): Namibia 20090721.200694
        Influenza pandemic (H1N1) 2009 (07): WHO/AFRO update 20090713.200636
        Influenza pandemic (H1N1) 2009 (06): Zimbabwe 20090713.200540
        Influenza pandemic (H1N1) 2009 (05): WHO/AFRO update 20090712.200523
        Influenza pandemic (H1N1) 2009 (04): Botswana 20090712.200512
        Influenza pandemic (H1N1) 2009 (03): Tanzania ex UK 20090711.200494
        Influenza pandemic (H1N1) 2009 (02): Kenya 20090703.200398
        Influenza pandemic (H1N1) 2009: Kenya 20090630.200313]

        [For additional background information on pandemic (H1N1) 2009
        available from the general ProMED-mail list, the postings below can
        be found at: http://www.promedmail.org.

        Influenza pandemic (H1N1) 2009 (47): Spain, ICU patients 20090914.3234
        Influenza pandemic (H1N1) 2009 (46): WHO update 65 20090911.3209
        Influenza pandemic (H1N1) 2009 (45): antiviral resistance 20090911.3207
        Influenza pandemic (H1N1) 2009 (44): receptor binding 20090910.3192
        Influenza pandemic (H1N1) 2009 (43): pediatric questions 20090909.3185
        Influenza pandemic (H1N1) 2009 (42): China, pork consumption 20090907.3146
        Influenza pandemic (H1N1) 2009 (41): Iran 20090906.3140
        Influenza pandemic (H1N1) 2009 (40): global update 20090906.3138
        Influenza pandemic (H1N1) 2009 (39): pediatric deaths 20090904.3118
        Influenza pandemic (H1N1) 2009 (38): 10 S.Amer.
        presidents exposed 20090831.3063
        Influenza pandemic (H1N1) 2009 (37): 2nd wave plan, WHO 20090830.3042
        Influenza pandemic (H1N1) 2009 (36): USA (IL), NZ 20090828.3032
        Influenza pandemic (H1N1) 2009 (35): NZ surveillance 20090827.3022
        Influenza Pandemic (H1N1) 2009 (34): Tamiflu shelf-life 20090826.3006]
        ....................jfw/ejp/be

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