The transition from summer to winter is usually punctuated by an increase in cases of respiratory infections and fever. As a matter of fact, 4,971 cases of severe infections pertaining to the respiratory system have been recorded in the 5 regional hospitals and the ENT ones from the 18th of May to the 24th of May 2015. 4,246 more cases were recorded from the 11th of May to the 17th of the same month.
Last year, 6,900 cases were detected from the 12th to the 18th May. The statistics were even worse from the 19th to the 25th of May 2014. This year, it is no different: thousands of cases have already been recorded at the 5 regional hospitals, and the ENT ones.
As goes the famous saying, “prevention is better than cure”. Mauritians are advised to pay attention to symptoms of flu. If they find themselves afflicted by the infection, they are recommended to take the necessary precautions, namely covering their mouths when sneezing and coughing to prevent other people from getting infected. Furthermore, regularly washing one’s hands with water and soap will help prevent the pathogens from spreading. To further protect oneself, one should avoid crowded places.
If the symptoms persist, one is recommended to consult a doctor.
As for healthy individuals, they are to avoid touching their eyes, nose, and mouth with unwashed hands.
Another method of prevention is vaccination. The campaign started on the 27th of April, and is still carrying on. On the 23rd of May, 20,560 people were vaccinated by the Ministry of Health.