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58 persons now ill with swine flu in Georgia2009-11-13 11:49
Over the past 24 hours the number of persons ill with swine flu in Georgia has increased by 7 amounting to 58 in total. According to the National Center for Disease Control of Georgia, on November 12 swine flu virus was confirmed by the in vitro test for a man that came from Italy, a woman who was back from Malta and three persons that returned from Ukraine. There are also two local cases.gt-en-newsitem-inside
Generally swine flu shows up in Tbilisi, Kutaisi, Zestafoni and Samtskhe-Javakhetia region.
Spread of the disease in Georgia was discussed at a session of the Georgian parliament's committee on labor, health care and social security on Thursday. Director of the National Center for Disease Control Paata Imnadze informed the deputies on diagnosed diseases and the state of the patients.
According to him in most cases the diseases are imported (45 out of 58), i.e. the patients were infected abroad, mostly in Great Britain, Ukraine, Turkey, Spain, Sweden and a number of countries they returned to Georgia from. There are 7 contact cases with patients catching from other people ill with flu. The remaining 6 cases are local with the infection origin unknown.
Paata Imnadze believes there is no need in shutting the borders since it won't stop swine flu from spreading. In the meantime he believes prevention measures like closure of schools can be taken for a certain period of time.
According to the head of the National Center for Disease Control Georgia has sufficient reserve of medications used for treatment of severe forms of the disease as well as other protection means and disinfectant solutions.