Viral flu warning

Members of the public wait to be treated at the Valelevu Health Centre on Sunday night, February 26, 2019. Picture: NOA BIUDOLE

THE most vulnerable population to get exposed to the acute viral infection (AVI) are the very young and the elderly, says Health Minister Dr Ifereimi Waqainabete.

He said the flu that was currently making its rounds was a continuation from the last AVI.

“I think it’s just the same one going around.” Dr Waqainabete said the flu had begun in the Central Division.

“It began in the Central Division, then to the Western Division, Northern and now it’s just coming through again.”

With the country entering its cold season, Dr Waqainabete has urged Fijians to be wary not to catch the cold. “The message is the same, Fijians have to be wary of this, and it’s a cold season.

“The vulnerable population is the very young and the very old and those who have a concurrent pathology which means they are already sick from something else and they are vulnerable,” Dr Waqainabete said.

Common symptoms of AVI include chills, sweating, dehydration, headache, muscle aches and pains, a feeling of weakness and loss of appetite.

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