World Bulletin / News Desk
Iraqi Ministry of Health on Tuesday stated they had concerns regarding the spread of swine flu (H1N1) and warned citizens to stay away from crowded places and protests.
Spokesperson for the Iraqi Ministry of Health, Ziyad Tariq stated that 26 people were infected by swine flu and two people have lost their lives in the Iraqi province of Babel due to swine flu.
Tariq said that the provinces affected mostly by the swine flue were Basra, Babel, Baghdad, Diyala and Mosul.
Mentioning the politic and ethnic structure of Iraq, Tariq said, "We are concerned that the H1N1 virus could spread by the Shiah groups visiting Najaf and Karbala and via the crowd gathering for protests."
On the other hand, The regional administration in northern Iraq's spokesperson for the Ministry of Health Halis Qadir said that they were preparing TV programs and ditributing informative brochures to raise awareness in public.
Qadir also confirmed that one person died due to swine flu in Sulaymaniyah.
The reason for the high-level threat in the area is the presence there of Aedes aegypti mosquitoes, which carry the Zika virus that health authorities say causes birth defects in newborns
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