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Influenza A virus identified as cause of current increase in Flu cases

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Harare is currently experiencing a notable rise in influenza cases, with over 1,300 confirmed infections reported during the winter season. Dr. Prosper Chonzi, the Health Director of Harare City, confirmed in an interview with ZBC News that the surge is particularly concentrated in densely populated suburbs such as Mbare, Glen View, Budiriro, Tafara, and Glen Norah. He reassured residents that despite flu symptoms resembling COVID-19, tests have consistently identified the Influenza A virus.

“As we transition from the warm season to the cold, it’s typical to see an uptick in flu-like illnesses due to the circulation of various viruses,” Dr. Chonzi explained. “Most cases we’ve identified are linked to Influenza A. While symptoms may mirror COVID-19, PCR testing has shown this is primarily influenza circulating.”

He emphasized the importance of maintaining good personal hygiene, staying warm, seeking early medical attention when unwell, and dispelled concerns that the current cases are a resurgence of COVID-19 as experienced in recent years.

Dr. Chonzi highlighted that young children, the elderly, and those with underlying health conditions are most susceptible to severe flu complications. “Influenza tends to affect children under five, individuals with comorbidities, and the elderly more severely. Those with robust immunity may experience milder symptoms,” he added.

Symptoms of influenza can range from mild to severe, and treatment primarily involves supportive care as it is a viral infection. For severe cases, oxygen therapy and hospitalization may be necessary.

While vaccination remains a key preventive measure, people are advised to maintain warmth and consume nutritious foods rich in vitamins and minerals to bolster their immune systems against seasonal infections.

In other news – Warriors midfielder Msendami joins SA’s Marumo Gallants

Warriors midfielder Daniel Msendami has completed his transfer to Marumo Gallants in South Africa’s DSTV Premiership, leaving Botswana Premier Soccer League champions Jwaneng Galaxy after his contract expired in June.

While the specifics of his new deal weren’t disclosed, Msendami expressed enthusiasm about showcasing his skills in South Africa, stating, “I’m looking forward to having game time and to showcase my talent at Gallants.” During the 2023/24 season with Jwaneng Galaxy, Msendami had an impressive campaign, scoring 12 goals and providing 16 assists. Read More

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