File - The health ministry building in Beirut, Thursday, March 27, 2014. (The Daily Star/Mahmoud Kheir)
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The Health Ministry released a statement Tuesday stressing that contrary to recent media reports, the A (H1N1) virus, commonly known as swine flu, is not a cause for public alarm in Lebanon.This week, one case of the flu was discovered in south Lebanon.The ministry statement described H1N1 as a yearly seasonal virus, transferred by respiratory secretions. According to the Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), flu season occurs during winter months, but can stretch into May.The Health Ministry added that the yearly flu season is now in swing on a global scale, and it remains ongoing in Lebanon. The statement advised that seasonal flu vaccinations should include protection against H1N1.
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