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Health ministry gives update on UAE swine flu cases

Officials say 11 H1N1 cases given clean bill of health, while 35 more recovering in hospital.

Eleven patients with swine flu had been discharged from hospital after fully recovering from the virus, the UAE Ministry of Health said on Monday.

Thirty five more swine flu patients were still receiving treatment in hospital, with their condition described as stable, according to a report by WAM news agency.

With cases of the virus on the rise across the Gulf, an equal number of people were worried about swine flu spreading as felt that concern about the disease was getting blown out of proportion, according to an online Arabian Business poll.

A total of 38.2 percent of respondents to the poll confessed to being very worried about swine flu spreading.

But the same percentage said concern about the virus was overblown.

More needed to be done to combat the disease, such as wider screening and school closures, according to some 14.6 percent of respondents.

Nine percent said they felt enough was being done by the authorities, especially the haj ban for old and young people.

People arriving in the UAE with symptoms of swine flu were reminded to avoid mixing with people by the ministry’s Technical Health Committee on Combating Swine Flu on Monday.

Those with symptoms should immediately report to one of the UAE’s hospitals to receive treatment, it said.

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