The total number of new flu cases in Romania has reached 253.
The Centre for Transmissible Disease Prevention and Control has reported 31 new cases of AH1N1 flu in Romania in the past week, according to a press release from the Health Ministry, quoted by Mediafax. Seventeen of the new cases were reported in Bucharest and the rest in the counties of Calarasi, Ilfov, Iasi, Prahova, Brasov, Galati, Mures, Sibiu, Suceava and Timisoara. All the 31 patients suffer from mild infection cases and are in a relatively good condition, the ministry said.
Three of the new cases were confirmed in a family that recently returned from South Africa and three others were confirmed among people that were on a Greece trip. A person that came from Great Britain contaminated two other people and another person, who had returned from Spain, contaminated a secondary case. Of the 31 infections, 18 individual cases were reported in people who had travelled to Spain (12), Great Britain (four), Bulgaria (one) and Greece (one).
The new cases bring the total number of AH1N1 infections in Romania to 253. The peak of new flu cases is expected in February-April, according to an adviser to Health Minister Ion Bazac, Geza Molnar, quoted by Mediafax. Molnar, adviser on epidemiologic issues, warned that if AH1N1 continues to spread, there will be between three and four million people infected in Romania by the end of the epidemic season.
Meanwhile, Daily Mail online reported that the swine flu vaccine may be deadly in some cases, as it is likely to trigger the Guillain-Barr Syndrome, in which paralysis of the breathing muscles can cause death by suffocation. The UK Health Protection Agency told neurologists to look out for a rise in the Guillain-Barr Syndrome when vaccination starts in the next few weeks.
The link was made following a mass immunisation programme in the U.S., in which a swine flu jab was blamed for more deaths than the disease itself. More than 40million Americans were vaccinated after an outbreak of swine flu at an army base in 1976, Daily Mail said. The programme was abandoned after hundreds of cases of GBS were diagnosed and 25 died. The flu, however, did not spread further than the base and claimed only one life.