In response to some media reports of influenza cases in Morocco, the minister of health said that this situation is “common.”
Rabat – The Ministry of Health has announced that cases of the seasonal “H1N1” virus are nothing to worry about and the epidemiological situation is stable.
In a press release, the ministry said that “the national system of vigilance and epidemiological surveillance annually records contamination cases of ‘H1N1’ virus during the cold season, like all other countries over the world.”
The ministry related that vaccination remains the most effective prevention against the disease, and called for all citizens to be immunized, especially pregnant women, children between six months and five years, elderly people aged 65 and older, and those with chronic diseases.
“The appearance of the seasonal influenza H1N1 is common,” added the ministry. The ministry also called on health sector employees to engage in preventive behaviors, such as “washing hands regularly, reducing contact with flu patients, covering the mouth when coughing or sneezing with a paper tissue, and not to reuse paper napkins, and ventilating rooms.”
The Ministry of Health also said that it will provide the public with any updates regarding the epidemiological situation, but gave no information about the number of cases it has recorded this year.
According to the Ministry of Health, Morocco recorded its first two cases of H1N1 contamination on June 12, 2009.